So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do: Treasure (Matthew 6:19-21) (XIV)

This is the fourteenth in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth ….
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven …
(Matthew 6:9-21)

It’s Monday. What would you rather have, one penny for this day and this day only, or forgo the penny and every day thereafter be given a million gold coins?

Please tell me your choice was the gold coins. If not, there is no need to read any further.

The penny is like earthly treasures and heavenly treasures are like the gold coins. The difference between the two is so striking that the penny is insignificant, and so is the comparison of earthly treasures to heavenly treasures. Earthly treasures, though they have a purpose, are insignificant compared to heavenly treasures.

But there’s something even more important than the difference in the treasures. There is a difference in the possessors of the treasures.

The penny person has a very short-sighted focus. That penny means a lot to him. However, Monday comes and then it is goes and with it the penny goes, too. All that he had is gone.

The gold coin person has a much different focus: an investment that outlasts Monday. Her gold and days never run out.

There are a lot of penny-focused people in the world. It’s so easy to read about heaven, it’s so hard to focus on forever.

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Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.

About drjstewart

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