Matthew 6:19-20 “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:”
Living in the desert we almost never see squirrels rushing around collecting nuts and raiding bird feeders, but Michele and I have just returned from the North Woods of Wisconsin. The landscape and climate there is vastly different than Southwestern Arizona. Small woodland creatures are abundantly active.
As I was driving Michele to work yesterday, listening to America’s Morning News, planning my day, and contemplating the stages of life, for some unknown reason one of Aesop’s fables burst onto the scene in my mind. Before its arrival I had been thinking of three things: Aging, Retirement, and the imminent return of Christ.
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
None of us can pinpoint “the hour of our death.” We cannot, by worrying over all the unforeseen circumstances in life, guarantee the avoidance of ALL tragedy. So, what can we do?
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
The only thing we can do is select temporal opportunities rewarded eternally. We must choose to STORE up our treasure beyond the reach of calamity. With the time God has given us, we must use every opportunity to “bless and NOT curse.” The benefits of a life lived to the glory of God can and will be evident in the physical realm, but the reward is eternal. Invest your time, talent, and treasure in the Kingdom that is without end!
Yes, I do jokingly refer to our vacation as: The Garlit Shop Across America Tour, but it reminds me what is of primary importance and I hope you remember as well:
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Where will your tomorrow be spent? Select Temporal Opportunities Rewarded Eternally!
Before you go I’ve included the fable just for fun. A fable by Aesop, The Grasshopper and the Ants