Storing Treasures

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – (Matthew 6:20-21)

 

Storing our treasures in heaven is really a matter of where we are investing our hearts and our resources. It is not merely a matter of money, but how too do we spend our time and our talents? Do we seek to serve God and fulfill His purposes with what we have been given, or is our agenda self-serving? If we seek to accumulate “stuff”, and squander our time and talent on that which is self-serving, our reward is only in the here and now, rather than a return that lasts for all of eternity. May we seek to serve Christ with what we have been given, and may our hearts hold fast to our heavenly treasures, rather than that which is temporary.

 

To each one of us,The Holiday of Hope

He has granted gifts;

resources to share,

down-trodden to lift.

What we choose to do,

with what He’s given;

determines what’s stored,

treasures in heaven.

No one can destroy,

what’s given in grace;

the Lord’s light won’t dim,

as we seek His face.

May we invest well,

all that is growing;

so many may come,

into a knowing.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created each of us with gifts and talents that can be used to honor You. Thank You that all that we have can be trusted in Your care, and utilized for Your glory. Forgive us for allowing our hearts to treasure anything that is not of eternal value, and help us to hold fast to You, so that our heart will treasure that which lasts forever. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will not limit our investments in Your Kingdom, but rather that we would be willing to be obedient however You ask us to give. Lead us to love in such a way, that Your light is made evident through each of us. May many come to know Your saving grace as we seek to invest all that we are and all that we have, into that which is eternal. Be glorified, O God, as we operate in obedience in how we invest the gifts that You have granted. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. – John 11:41

Trusting the Treasures of Truth

photo by The Soffer Collective

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 & 2:51.

Both Luke 2:19 and 2:51 contain nearly the same words.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, took note of all that was spoken about her Son.  She thought about every word, and treasured each truth in the hollows of her heart.

As a mother, I do treasure encouraging words spoken about my sons.  However, it behooves me to begin to imagine the belief that was being built up in Mary’s heart, as she was given wondrous words from both angels and strangers, who were delivering prophesies about Jesus.  Imagine attempting to hold in your heart the very idea that you son would also become your Savior?  What an overwhelming responsibility and a remarkable reality Mary held.

I can only attempt to imagine just how intentional she must have been in all that she said and did with and to her Son.

Though I am not raising the Savior of my soul, I do have two terrific boys that have the capacity to become mighty men of God.  I too, must treasure words spoken over each of them, and trust the leading and guiding of the Lord, by His Spirit, to raise them right.  All that I say and do must be intentional with the intent to raise them in the way that they are meant to go.  This only begins to happen when my heart is holding fast to Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your every word is worthy of being held and treasured in our hearts.  Thank You that Your every truth is meant to lead and guide us in the way we are called to go.  Teach us to hear, to trust, to treasure, and to obey, every word that You’ve written or bothered to say.  May our intentional obedience raise up righteous children who will move mightily on Your behalf, all the days of their lives.  Lead us in Your love, so that we too, will love well.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present