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19 “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. 20 Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. 21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus’ echoed the wisdom of Hebrew sages: hoarding this world’s “treasures” does not produce a fulfilling life (cf. Proverbs 11:26, 21:20). Sadly, many Hebrew leaders in Jesus’ day ignored that part of their tradition. Just before this, the Lord’s Prayer asked that God bring in his kingdom “on earth as it’s done in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). “Heaven” was not just a far future reality. Making God’s kingdom your treasure now was wiser than saving the kind of treasure that might corrode or thieves could steal.
Lord Jesus, you are Lord of my life, and I want to “collect” your kinds of treasures. Increase my capacity to live out your values in my everyday choices of how to spend my time, energy and money. Amen.
One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to attend estate sales. Since I grew up going to second-hand stores as a necessity rather than a trend, there’s the thrill of finding something special for a good deal. Estate sales, though, are even more unique. The house of the estate sale has been fully combed through, laying out everything one might have in their home. While some are displayed like a museum, most look like many of our homes would: lived-in, cluttered with trinkets, and lots of unspoken stories, all left behind.
When my grandmother passed in 2016, we helped my grandfather with selling the house so he could move closer to us. We rummaged through the closets and drawers deciding on what to keep, donate and throw away. My grandparents were not hoarders of material things, but you never realize how much you have until you have to move. You also realize that some of the important things are not always the things of monetary value. You ensure to keep the plastic 101 Dalmatians cup because you always drank apple juice from it as a kid but donate the fancy dishes. Most of the items from my grandparents’ home will reside in my memories, not in my house.
When I notice the few items in my home that remind me of them, their legacy feels near. But when things break, wear out, and are no longer needed, this doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten their impact on my life. The way my grandparents loved me is something no one could take away from me. It was something I trusted, knew and desired to duplicate because it was so special. For me, this is just a glimmer of the way the verses of Matthew parallel in my life. A thief could break into my house and steal my apple juice cup, but they cannot take away the impact my grandparents left on my life.
What would it look like for you to begin a habit of prioritizing the only secure thing we know of? Imagine if you suddenly knew that tomorrow was no longer promised, what would you be focused on today? While God’s desire for us isn’t to live miserable lives, we weren’t created to find long-lasting purpose in the things of this earth. I hope that you can join me in pondering the ways that you can make today’s choices reflect the goodness of God that will last generations to come, things that won’t be found in an estate sale.
* Wright, N.T., Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 63). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.