Thoughts from Matthew #3
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Mt. 6:19-21
Boy, oh boy, did we ever get that one wrong!! Most of us have missed that boat completely. It seems that all we do care about in this world is to see how much we can get. In this text Jesus is primarily talking about money, something that we all understand, seek & do just about anything to get (there may be an exception or two out there, but not many)? If truth be told, most of us will do just about anything to get or keep money. Some may work themselves into the ground for it to the detriment of health, family & relationships. We steal it, cheat others for it & will even kill for it! We spend our time on get rich quick schemes. We buy lottery tickets by the millions in order to strike it rich.
We want money for a variety of reasons. Some want it for power. Others, for the security that it represents. Still others ease their conscience by giving some of it away. We worry about getting raises or promotions. We get bummed out if we find that some of our fellow workers may actually be getting paid more than we are (for essentially the same job!). How does that play out in the work place?
We want things, but things cost money. We want to go places, but that also takes money. So we keep maxing out the credit cards. We learn how to juggle payments. We put up with the late payment fees, the penalties & just factor them in as the price we have to pay in order to maintain the lifestyle that we want or have become accustomed to.
The pressure is unrelenting. We dread the phone calls, the e-mails & the collection letters. We are literally consumed with an unrelenting pressure that we usually do not recognize & cannot understand. But it takes its toll. Everyday, all day. We worry about the stock market ups & downs. We hope that our financial advisor or stock broker is not soaking up the sun & suds in the Cayman Islands or Rio, on our dime!! (with no extradition). We hope & pray that our company is not down-sizing or laying off. We pray that a recession or another Great Depression will not hit in our lifetimes & take us right back to zero!!
You know? Jesus was right. You show me your treasure, Ill show you your heart. Where is your heart?