19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We were vacationing in the Smokey Mountains one summer. As we liked to do we found a place to pull over to check out the rocks.
As we walked, we came across rocks all over. The area glistened in the bright sunlight as the sun reflected off the large flakes of mica on the rocks.
I have always been fascinated by mica. I picked up a large piece of mica and examined it closely. It was made up of many layers, each of which reflected the sun, but each of which peeled away like onionskin, soon leaving me holding but a dull, worthless rock.
It struck me that much of our lives are spent in chasing flakes of Mica. We hunt for valuable treasures, shiny bits of precious metals, for little nuggets of knowledge, for possessions, for status and for recognition. They seem so attractive when we have them in our hand, but in the end they all peel away leaving us empty and holding nothing of more value than a chunk of rock.
It's no wonder Scripture admonishes us to look for things of eternal value, things that will hold up and last forever.
What holds up in eternity? A personal relationship with Jesus, sharing His love with others, meeting the needs of those around us, acts of obedience and worship, prayer and praise will all stand the test.
When you stand in front of Him at the seat of judgment will you bring an offering of great value from a lifetime of service in His name or stand before Him holding a worthless chunk of stone?
It's never too early or too late to begin storing up those treasures in heaven. If you haven't done so, or you drifted away for a while, it's time to begin.
Dear Lord, we thank You for the things in nature that can teach us lessons. Help us not store up treasures on this Earth but instead store up treasures in Heaven. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.