11/3/16 at 01:53 AM 0 Comments

Treasures Above (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 35)

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Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT)
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.

Adrian Rogers tells the story of a man who did something distinctly different with his household trash. Instead of bagging it up and setting it on the curb like his neighbors, he placed it in a box enclosed in nice wrapping paper. Without exception, someone would drive by this man’s house and pick up the nicely wrapped boxes. The man would watch from a window in his house as people were fooled by the external beauty of the internal trash.

So many times, the devil tricks us into believing that something or someone is good for us when in truth, it is not. The Bible tells us not to run wildly after the things of this world. They only last for a little while and offer only temporary, fleeting happiness. Such happiness cannot be sustained by external forces that come and go. When we yield to the lies of the devil, we get trash instead of treasure.

God offers us things — peace, joy, hope, love, eternal life — things that are meaningful and sustainable by His power. He wants us to trust Him with our lives because He knows the path we should walk and is willing to guide us along the way. The devil will go with you for the short term, but God goes with you for the long haul. Don’t embrace the meaningless things of this world. Use your time, energy, talent, and heart to invest in others and store up treasures that never rust or get old in Heaven.

Do you want something now that will be taken away from you later? Or do you want something now that you can carry with you into eternity? It’s your choice. Money, material things, power, and image can be here today and gone tomorrow. But grace, comfort, joy, security, and something worth living for can’t be taken away. The hardest moments are beautiful in light of the glorious treasures above. Add up everything you have that is totally permanent and you will see how rich you truly are.

“He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity.”
— Randy Alcorn

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