This past weekend, my family and I moved into a new house. We spent weeks packing boxes, throwing away accumulated junk, and moving furniture. We packed trucks, cleaned the old house, unloaded trucks, cleaned the new house, and started unpacking. Needless to say, we are tired. Isn’t it amazing how much time and energy we spend on worldly possessions? They hold so much value to us and we take special care not to break or damage anything. Most of our lives are spent in pursuit of worldly things. We work so we can have money. We make money so we can buy things like houses, cars, food, clothes, etc. Unfortunately, none of these things can be packed in a U-Haul and taken to Heaven.
Jesus reminds us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on 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 and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). All the earthly possessions that we spend so much time pursuing can be taken away in an instant. When we find ourselves putting more emphasis on earthly things and neglecting the spiritual, then we have lost focus on where our treasure truly is.
Too many of us forget that our home is not here on earth. We get too comfortable here in our nice warm homes, surrounded by all of our earthly possessions and accomplishments. Instead, we need to be reminded that our treasure is in Heaven. Our goal is to spend eternity with Christ. If we make Christ and Heaven our treasure, then our hearts will be focused on getting there.
Life is tiring. Life is full of fun and exciting things. Earthly possessions are gifts and we deserve to enjoy them. However, don’t let them become your treasure. Our hearts belong to Christ. Our treasure is in Heaven. One day, I hope to move there…but I won’t need a U-Haul. I just need Jesus.