As I sit here this morning, I cannot help but think of the many ways that I am so blessed.

 In the part of the world that I live in, I affectionately like to call it the “Deep Freeze” as it is not uncommon to experience temperatures of minus 40. There are many people around who love this cold weather and actually look forward to it, me on the other hand, the moment I see the hint of a small snowflake, I start to dream of Hawaii.

On a more serious note though, I am so grateful for all of the blessings that God has poured into my life, I live in a country that is safe and free from civil unrest. I have a home to raise my children in, beds for them to sleep in and food to feed them. They too have many things that give them joy, like ipods, stereos, tv’s, books, dvd’s; the list is endless.

The things that make our lives easier though can become all consuming if we are not careful, they often have the power to become what we think of most, we also tend to spend most of our time maintaining and protecting the things that we have.

My question is, do we have our priorities straight?

Jesus taught in Matthew 6:19 – 21

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 
20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 
21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

So, I need to examine what my treasures are first of all and where am I truly storing them up. The things that I hold dear here will wear out and eventually have to be thrown out, like my lovely bread machine which died last night. Things will never bring me a great satisfaction in my soul. They will give me a temporary high but when that high wears off I will need to go and buy or do something else to feel that way again.

I believe that God wants us to invest our lives, time, effort into more important things, like building a relationship with Him for starters. As we draw closer to him we will discover that all of the other things that we thought were important in life pale in comparison. Only God can truly heal and satisfy the deepest longings of our souls, that need that we all have to feel and be loved, protected and cherised. This is a treasure.

Out of that relationship with God will come relationships with other people, you will find that these relationships will be so much richer and deeper because they come out of the love that you have for God. The time that you spend with them will bring you such joy and fullfillment. This my friend is a treasure.

Another treasure that we can store up for ourselves in heaven is living in obedience to the word of God and telling others about Him. When we share the love of Christ and the message that they too can have a relationship with Him if they will believe we are storing treasures up in Heaven.

When we encourage and strengthen our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, with words of encouragement, a hug, a smile, prayer; we are storing up treasures in heaven.

When we lay aside our needs to be first in all things and ask God to work in and through us to affect the world around us, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.

Brothers and sisters, I want to encourage each of you to evaluate where you are storing up treasures, are your houses and garages full of stuff that you will most likely never really use? Are you pursuing the “American Dream, of dream houses, cars, stuff to fill it, vacations at least twice a year?” Is that how you are storing up your treasures?

Or are you pursuing God and godliness, are you deliberately spending yourself on behalf of others? Do you know Jesus and what he has done for you?

One day you and I will die, we will come before God and all of what we have done and pursued here on earth will be evaluated, will your treasures and work measure up to God’s will for you? I pray that it will, I pray that you will really have a look at your priorities and put them in the right place, I pray that you will pursue God and his will for your life as I know that you will never be dissapointed at the blessings that flow from his hands.

Blessings

 

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