Tuesday, 13 February 2018


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. – Matthew 6.19-21

Our world’s philosophy seems to be to grab all we can while we can. It is all about the biggest house and the fanciest car and the newest phone.  It is a true rat race I think best illustrated by a 1960s film called ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ which is all about a group of people in an insane race to be the first to get to one million dollars hidden beneath a ‘big W.’ All sense, all reason, and all logic flies out the window in this madcap comedy. At the end no one gets the money as it literally floats away and they all end up injured in a prison hospital.

The movie was more than goofy, but it did picture a world in vain pursuit of riches which eventually just fly away.

Nothing here in life will last forever. Nothing. No matter how much it means to us or what it took to acquire it. All of our most precious and prized treasures are only ours for a while.

Why is it then that this is what we are in constant pursuit of? Why are these things our priorities and our cause for worry and concern?

The treasures we ought to be concerned about are our heavenly treasures. Are we loving others with the love of Christ as we strive to draw friends and co-workers and neighbours and family to Him? Are we seeking eternal treasures? Do our lives focus on building up treasures on earth, or are they focused on others and eternity?

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Don't worry about the mad, mad, madness of earthly pursuits. 

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