“And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ And he told them a parable, saying, ‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.’ And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also… Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.’” Luke 12:15-23,31,33-34,48
It takes care to choose your storehouse. In a season where we are bombarded with commercialism, messages of what we must have- more, more, new, and better- and even as I get out decorations and put some things away temporarily to make room for them, I hear Jesus’s call to seek treasures for heaven. Don’t just collect “stuff” that makes moneybags grow old and invites decay, but actually lay up treasure in heaven by seeking God’s kingdom, by giving to those in need. (It intrigues me that ‘Cyber Monday’ is followed by ‘Giving Tuesday’- why not the reverse order?). God presents us with choices: He has given much and therefore requires much, but leaves us to exercise our wills in whether we invest for the eternal or the temporal, clean out or add to our closets, hoard or release, purchase for me or give to others. It takes His divine perspective and absolute trust in His ongoing care and promises to open our hands ureservedly– but that is when the true and eternal treasure comes. He is enough, our chief delight and sustenance, our true treasure that lasts forever.
“Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise; Thou mine inheritance now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.” ~8th century Irish hymn
Lord, my Treasure and very great Reward, all I have is Yours. May heaven expand and show bright through my treasure, my focus of this season be Your inexpressible gift of Jesus, my adornment be not in things but of my heart. Direct me to the needs of others, fling open and free my fists, define me with generosity, have Your way in my every investment for Your brilliant glory. (Genesis 15:1; 2 Corinthians 9:15; 1 Peter 3:4)