June 24, 2016 – Matthew 6:19

_Matthew6-19“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19What do you treasure most here on earth?  What is most dear to you in this world? The place you call home, a bank account, or a new car?  Perhaps precious jewels mean most to you?  Or a vacation trip to a remote place on earth to relax and find peace?Any one of these ‘treasured’ items can disappear in the blink of your eye without notice.  What is the answer from Jesus?  What does Jesus treasure?  The answer is Love.  The song lyrics, Love makes the world go round…contains theses words…Without love, flowers wouldn’t grow in the spring, And without spring, the birdies just couldn’t sing, Everybody needs love to watch the twinkling stars above…  Deon Johnson didn’t realize how true these words are for the Lord God created out of His love for us the setting for Deon’s poetical description of love.There are more words that are even more astounding.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.   And in John 13:34, Jesus continues, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  When we love Jesus as He loves us, with total abandon, and we love one another in the name of Jesus, we have stored treasure in Heaven.  When we show kindness and gentleness to others, we bring peace and joy to those around us and have stored treasures in Heaven.  When we show patience and self-control when impatience and striking out is what we want to do, we have stored treasure in Heaven.These treasures cannot be held in our hands, but are worth far more than gold, rubies or diamonds to our Heavenly Father, and to His Son who died because He loves us so.  Where is your treasure?Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:20-21