Jesus said, Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. Matthew 6:19-21.
Anyone who has everÂ had the challenge of going through a family home that has been lived in for 65 + years may understand this verse with more clarity. In our first couple days of this project we have far more garbage than treasures! The things we have found of most value are pictures, and things that provoke fond memories of meaningful relationships.
Stuff that was once new and shiny is now old and rusty. There may be a few nuggets here somewhere with some monetary value but for the most part, the house, car, clothes, TVs and other stuff we tend to focus our lives around are far from what they once were.
If mom could come back for a brief visit and we asked her what do you value most now, it would be her reunion with family and friends. It would be her decision to accept Jesus that opened the gates of heaven to her. The things she left materially would mean little. Her desire would be for all the rest of her loved ones to join the grand celebration with her in heaven. Her treasure in her last days is what came from her mouth, which the Bible says is the overflow of her heart. “I want to go to heaven.” “I want to see Mother.” “I want to see Glen and Peg.” “I want to see all of them.”