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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Where Your Treasure is.....There is your heart also.

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Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a
treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where
no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Luke 12:33b-34 (NIV)

We have been doing home repairs again. We have some repairs each year that we have to make. (Our home is about 30 years old.) 30 years ago it was considered a great home, spacious, luxurious, etc. Just in the past 90 days we had to replace a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a van alternator, an AC unit. We also had a couple things we actually planned for this year. Having new doors installed (because the old ones were-uh 30 years old and really 2 really needed replacing.) We also planned to add rock around the deck because the clay was just plain unattractive.

So every year we have planned repairs, and home improvements and every year we try to leave a little cushion for those unexpected things-emergencies.
We just never thought so many would hit at one time. We do repairs because we have to, it's part of being a good steward of what God has given us. But someday we will hand all this over to others, who did not work for it.

The old dishwasher worked ok, but it finally died. Of course my new one has nice bells and whistles since it is a brand new model. My new refrigerator is great it has so many great features, I really like it. It has alot more options and space than my old one. But you know what? In 5 years they will be old appliances and the new ones will have more features, and save even more energy and will have even more bells and whistles etc.

It just really brings things into perspective. The things of this world deteriorate.
They grow old, useless. (I have some old items that absolutely worthless today.)
I mean who wants an old 8 track tape player? An old printer without a copier, and expensive inks. Today they are worthless. People don't even want them for free.

Matthew 6:19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

It is nice to be able to consider the things that will last forever. God's word, our relationship with him, our relationships with others, things we do that advance the cause of Christ and his Kingdom. These things will last, they will go on into eternity. The souls that are won, the lives that are changed forever, these are the things that matter. I have heard people before mention that they are going to get jewels in their crown, and have treasures in heaven. Some actually count on receiving Gold and silver etc, as some time of reward for what they did on earth. I don't know about that...I think the treasures in heaven are the souls of the people you influenced, or perhaps somehow helped come into the kingdom.
Maybe through a contribution to a missionary, personally witnessing, maybe
participating in discipleship of others, etc. When I think of heavenly treasures I see faces of people with beaming smiles, those snatched from the fire!

1 Peter 1:3

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,