“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6v19-21)
I’m not a great fan of the sea. I’ve never really liked it, possibly because of the erosive force it exerted on the many sandcastles of my younger years. Sand-fortified constructions that were demolished in seconds as waves swept over to draw them back into the sea. Now, while I do not like this destructive aspect of the sea, I do have a great repect for how it washes away the debris from beaches for a fresh start each day. That’s pretty cool!
In the passage above, Jesus details the futility of human activities done for our gratification and self-aggrandisment. However, unlike water that clears the decks, the change agent involved for this is time and the processes of death and decay as wrought by moth, rust and thief. How challenging this must have been for the listeners in Jesus’ day!
Of course, Jesus words serve as a warning to be careful as to where we build our storehouse and with what purpose in mind? Are we doing it for God and his kingdom? Or is it done to elevate ourselves? This is the question that God’s people must continually ask themselves as (being human) we are also prone to wrong thinking and putting ourselves before God. However, being aware of out limitations is a giant step to being wise and reflecting on how we are living our lives to honour God. Be blessed.