Matthew 6:19-21: “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.”
A couple in California found treasure in their backyard. I don’t mean that they found enjoyment or leisure or the beauty of nature. I mean that they found treasure; and lots of it! To be specific, they found eight metal cans buried in the ground. Those cans contained 1427 gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894. The value of the gold: $ 10 million. That’s 10 with six zeroes behind it. My first thought? Why can’t I find ten million dollars buried in the backyard???
To their credit, the couple does not plan to change their way of living. They plan to give most of the money to the hungry and to other “overlooked causes.” I would probably do the same thing: after a trip to the Bahamas and a new car dealership of course.
Jesus warned us not to live for this world and the temporary treasures that it has to offer. Rather, we are to live for the world to come. In heaven there will not be thieves and rust and moths. Everything will be permanent. The things that we do for the Lord will be credited and accounted for in the life to come. What we do for our self will be left behind and either destroyed, stolen or dug up in someone’s backyard.
Dear Lord, Teach me not to hold onto the temporary things of this life, but to begin laying up treasures for the life to come. In Jesus’ name, Amen.