Read Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

from Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, First Christian Church, Wheeling:

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  American media, business, and the church are all good at coming up with snappy one-liners. Put your money where your mouth is. Money follows Mission.  What’s in your wallet?  Our passage today reminds us in straight forward words to make sure we have our priorities straight.  Our culture makes it too easy to fall prey to its measures of success and security:  the influential job, the to-die-for car, the trophy spouse.  Jesus warns us to readjust our priorities to focus on God.  When our focus is on God, our lives may be lived authentically, faithfully.  Stock markets crash.  Cars rust.  Friends become fickle.  Old age comes despite creams and potions.   Unlike these earthly treasures, our forgiving God is always there welcoming us with open arms, loving us no matter what.  The most sound investment advice: love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Abundant God, help us to appreciate the treasures
 you give us through Christ Jesus and your people. 
May our hearts and minds be cradled in your loving hands.
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