Heavenly Treasures [Matthew 6:19 Daily Devotional]
This verse is a recording of Jesus teaching his followers about worldly possessions. While it’s not a bad thing to have a few nice things, Jesus tells us that we should be thinking beyond what we collect on earth. Bugs may eat these treasures, or thieves may steal them. So, it’s not worth putting hope in these things, but rather, we should be putting our hope in Jesus.
How to Store Up Heavenly Treasures
I’m not advocating that you sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor. That would be poor stewardship of what God gave you. Rather, I think it’s important to break the bond that money and possessions have on you (and on me, but this part is about you). There’s only one way I know how to do that, and that’s through generosity.
Start with giving to your church, which will be the most effective at pooling resources together for community outreach. If you’re not comfortable giving a full tithe (10% of your income), that’s okay! Work your way up there. Start with a lower percentage and work your way up.
After you establish healthy giving habits at your church, look for anywhere else you might be able to donate some money or old clothes or furniture. Your generosity isn’t just limited to money. There are people in need who could use clothes, old appliances, used school stuff for their kids, or furniture. There are no limits to what you can give away. And once you start giving stuff away, that kind of generosity is both addictive and contagious.
Jesus, thank you for your generosity. You gave up your life for me so I could live. Help me to be as generous as you with my time and resources. Give me the strength I need to break money’s hold on me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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