What We Treasure

October 15, 2008

“…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

I chuckled when I read a magazine cartoon that showed a news conference called by a United States senator who announced that he was divorcing his family so he could spend more time with politics.

We may scoff at the folly of his announcement, but the truth is that many people make that same statement everyday. Maybe not with words, but with their actions. So many more, in fact, that if a politician retires from his work to spend more time with his family, it becomes the lead story met with cynicism on the evening news, while the one who rejects his family advancing his career is too plentiful to notice.

God tells us we should work hard and that we should work heartily to the glory of God. But He has clearly shown that we must have priorities. Pleasing God and meeting the needs of the family must have high priority. Think about the priorities and the things you cherish in your life. The Bible says that we have brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it. It’s good to focus on the things that last, like putting God first and then family, both of which build eternal treasures.