“Treasures”

“19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 

20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

         One of the movies “trending” on Netflix right now is “Leap Year.”  It is one of my favorites.  A young woman trying so hard to be mature and capable decides to follow her family Irish tradition of following her boy friend to Dublin to propose to him on Leap Year, February 29.  The young local guy who drives her through adventures to get to Dublin, asks her a question.  “If your house was burning and you had 60 seconds, what would you take?”

She can’t answer him because she does not know what her “treasure” is.  At the end of the movie she ends up leaving the cardiologist she wanted to marry and returns to the guy whom she had grown to love because she realized she had everything materially that she wanted but not what she needed, his love.

         Jesus does not specify what treasures we might lay up in heaven.  But he does challenge us to distinguish between temporal treasures and eternal treasures.  He does say that in eternity, those “things” we value cannot be taken from us.  Let us take a moment right now and thank God for some of the things we treasure, perhaps people that warm our heart or experiences that give us a glimpse of eternity.  Let us decide to try to focus this year on that which builds towards eternity. Blessings.

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