Where Is Your Treasure

When we moved to our house, we had some neighbors who really loved their yard. We all like to have a nice yard; but they took it to a higher level – mowing multiple times per week, planting a large variety of flowers, and watering every day, even when it rained. They were very proud of it, and their investment in the yard showed - it was the nicest yard on the block.

We have new neighbors now. These new neighbors have other plans. They decided to put in a pool! Over this summer to prepare for the pool, we watched as they excavated all the plants and landscaping that our previous neighbors installed and maintained. In fact, we followed a dump truck full of dirt out of our neighborhood one evening. It literally had our previous neighbor’s yard in it!

It has been a good reminder of how different our priorities can be. We have lived in our home nearly 20 years. The old neighbor and the new neighbor had different priorities – one had a heart set on a beautiful yard, the other had a heart set on a pool. Once the new neighbor moved in, the old neighbor’s work was no longer needed.

Like my neighbors, our priorities are on display too! How often do we display those priorities by spending lots of our time on personal hobbies and interests, keeping up with the latest TV shows or sports team, perfecting a new skill? Lots of our time and resources are spent on things that are temporary.

Jesus offers a different priority when He tells us where to best invest our time and resources:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Scripture tells us that we should have a have a kingdom focus. Our priority should be to disciple others and to have that eternal mindset. Investing in people was a priority for Jesus – and should be a priority for us. How are you spending your time, and where are you storing up treasure?

By Jason Grace

Jason serves at Immanuel with his wife and two kids. He is a software engineering manager.






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