For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. – (Matthew 6:21, NIV)
Your heart will be where your treasure is. – (Matthew 6:21, ERV)
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. – (Matthew 6:21, MSG)
The older I get, the more I find that my treasure is in God and all that He has made. Stuff is just stuff, but salvation, relationships, people, pets, and community are truly the greatest gifts we have been given. When I focus my time and energy on Him and those that He has placed in my life, I am overwhelmed with gratitude, not want. The things that matter to me are not ones of monetary value, but rather are either gifts or reminders of those who matter most. I understand now why photos have always been so important to my mom. Each snapshot is a reminder of God’s faithfulness in a moment in time that was captured. To look at the images is to be reminded that God is good. May we ever look to the Lord with thanksgiving and seek Him to help keep our priorities in order so that our treasures are eternal, and not temporary.
Lord, help us treasure,
That which is from You;
Life and creation,
May our hearts choose hold,
All of our lives through;
Treasures from heaven,
That point us to You.
Show us Your own heart,
All that matters most;
Lead us in Your love,
Through grace, peace and hope.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our greatest treasure and that every good and perfect gift comes from You. Forgive us for the times that we have been more concerned with stuff than with that which matters eternally. Teach us to have a heart after You. Lead us in Your love so that we would treasure You and Your created, as these are the things that last. Show us how to love those around us in ways that make Your heart known. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we recognize our greatest treasures are found in You and from You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18