Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."
Reflection. What do you want for Christmas? How many of us are not tempted by the TV adverts, not just at this time of year, but as we are constantly bombarded. Bombarded to seek ever more earthly treasures. Possessions can easily capture our attention and take on a ridiculous importance. J. John once said we live in a world that loves things and uses people, whereas we should love people and use things. Is he close in this reversal to laying up heavenly treasures? I think so. Loving people ahead of loving things must be a better way.
Now, here's the stronger thought. Some things have a deep, emotional attachment, especially when they connect us to people. For instance, what about a wedding ring. Yes, I love my wife more than I love my wedding ring. But the ring stores up and stirs up treasured memories and thoughts. What 'thing' connects you to love?
Anyway, Jesus's point remains. He is imploring us to gain a heavenly perspective; a heavenly focus. Christ first in our thinking will guide us aright.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, help me to develop a correctly placed storehouse of treasure this day. For your sake. Amen.