Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (NASB)
While I was preparing for a garage sale that we had at our church, I remember looking at the crystal in the wall unit and quickly discarding the notion of giving that away. "It is still in such good condition," I remember thinking to myself, even though I did not really like it or use it.
A few months ago, we had a silent auction at our church. Our congregation was asked to help out and donate items of value to aid in paying off a new church sign. When I came home from church that Sunday, I stood in front of that same old wall unit and stared at the crystal. "You can't give that away, it was a gift!" "What if the person who gave you the crystal vase comes for a visit?" These thoughts and others echoed through my mind and the temptation not to donate the crystal was overwhelming.
It is in those times that the Holy Spirit comes ever so softly and brings to mind God's word written to us, a love letter. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth."
The people in our congregation were very generous. Some donated hand-painted "Nippon", "Precious Moments" figurines; others antiques and collectibles. When everything was put on display, it was a magnificent picture. Among the items were a crystal vase, a crystal butter dish, a crystal sugar bowl and a crystal serving dish, all from my wall unit.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for reminding us not to lay up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Help us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.