This ‘lay up’ is a sure shot

“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20, ESV)  What are the ‘treasures’ that Jesus is speaking of here in verse 20 of Ch. 6 of Matthew’s Gospel which is a part of the “Sermon On The Mount”?  Is it gold, silver, rubles, pounds, dollars, nice cars….? Maybe, if that is what one is treasuring. Our treasures are anything that draws attention and has the potential of drawing our hearts away from Jesus Christ.  We must be careful to not place too much value on anything which is temporary. So, what is temporary? Anything that does not survive to eternity is a temporary treasure and one to which we must not hold tightly. Hold all things of this world loosely – we don’t really own anything; we just hold it as stewards for the ones who come after us and ultimately for God. 

The Word of God and souls of men are treasures that never go away – let’s make a perfectly executed ‘lay up’ of those things by putting our highest possible value on such as these – the only ones on earth to survive into eternity. Amen

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