Treasure Trails – July 6, 2023 

Thursday, July 6th

Devotional written by Pastor Brian Field, Missions Pastor

 

TREASURE TRAILS

 

 

 

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. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!“ No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 6:19-24

 

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One of my favorite books is A Severe Mercy. It is an autobiographical story of the writer, Sheldon Vanauken, meeting his future wife and their journey toward faith. They were intellectuals who studied at Cambridge and had an impenetrable love for one another until one day when Davy (his wife) came to faith in Jesus and their “Great Shining Barrier” was finally breached. I would highly recommend reading it as there is more to the story.

 

One of the stories I remember is when Vanauken shared that they never wanted the material things they owned to end up owning them and didn’t want to get hung up on having nice stuff. So, they decided the first thing they would do whenever they bought a new car was use a small hammer to put a ding in it. This might sound like heresy for all you car show enthusiasts. And yet for them, putting a ding in the car freed them from needing a perfect car because the ding made it imperfect. As a result, this brought them the freedom from worrying about the next scratch or ding from a wayward pebble on the road.

 

Now, I’m not advocating that we all buy small hammers and follow suit, but the premise is worth noting. Jesus repeatedly cautioned his listeners not to get caught up in the worries of placing hope in material possessions and financial security. He knows that all those things will never bring true joy, hope, or peace, and yet they can end up owning your heart. 

 

Reflection: Evaluate your life when it comes to material possessions and how you prioritize your spending. Are there ways the materialism of our culture has gotten your priorities and focus out of balance? 

 

 

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