“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Matthew 6:20

Jesus created me and sustains me every second. He has given me an eternal future with an absence of pain and suffering. I can do nothing to cause Him to love me more and nothing to cause Him to love me less. Knowing this security, I experience a joy greater than any happiness I ever knew as an atheist. So I am eager to put God’s will first and commit myself in obedience—albeit imperfect obedience—to Him.

Early on in my relationship with Him, God opened my eyes to the ways I was spending my income on “things of the world” rather than storing up “treasures in heaven.” I still have a long way to go, but 20 years after I first trusted Jesus as my Savior, my life is much simpler, my career much less impressive, and my possessions much fewer than they would have been had I continued in my atheistic lifestyle. It gives me so much joy when I can use my God-given resources for His purposes.

Are there treasures of this world that you’re holding onto tightly? Loosen your grip on temporary things, and cling instead to the God who made you.




Scripture Focus

Matthew 6:19-21

Insight

Jesus Himself told us that we “cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). Choose to serve the One whose love for you is everlasting.

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