Last week Pilot, our son Pie, and I attended a Rend Collective concert. The place was energized and jumping, that’s for sure. Literally. If you have ever attended one of their concerts, you know what I’m talking about. If not, take my word for it.
Before Rend took the stage, Eric Timm, a minister from Minnesota, spoke on the subject of hope. In his talk he stressed the importance of storing up treasures in the right place. He explained how throughout his life he put his hope and money in things which were either destroyed, stolen, or damaged. They were things he treasured and put his hope in, but which did not last.
He cautioned us to not store up treasures on this earth, but to store up treasures in heaven where our treasures won’t be destroyed, stolen, or damaged. He suggested out of our abundance, we use our resources to help others find hope.
Eric said when we treasure the wrong things, as he had, we place our hope in the wrong things.
I’m sure we can each relate to what he said. We save and save and save to purchase the perfect whatever, only to have it destroyed, stolen, or damaged by unforeseen circumstances we have no control over.
Treasure people over things.
Put others’ wellbeing before our own desires. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. Love mercy. Seek justice. Walk humbly with the Lord. As much as it depends on us, live at peace with others. When we see a need, if it is within our ability to do so, help meet that need. Offer others the hope we’ve found in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Redeemer and King.
Where is our hope? Where is our strength? Where should we store up our treasures? The answer lies in Jesus.
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Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:19-20 (MSG)
I wish you well.
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