Friday, November 10: For where your treasure is
How we think impacts how we live our whole lives. God wants to transform us, to make us more and more like Jesus, by changing the way we think—what the Bible calls the renewing of our minds. For five weeks, we'll survey five aspects of how God can and will change our minds, along with a prayer challenge for each week.
Read Matthew 6:19-21
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Self-storage is a booming business, as many of us run out of space to stow all our stuff, despite homes having more storage room than ever before. Jesus uses this treasures metaphor to show our choice between, on the one hand, situating our lives in a duct-taped, mouse-nibbled box, with our clothes that don't fit, the dishes we replaced, and our old baseball cards, or, on the other, placing our lives in the service of heaven, of living and breathing the kingdom of God here and now.
Though we hear God's call to live our whole lives entirely for God, in God, and with God, it's so hard to give up control, even an inch sometimes. Ask him for help to learn to hold onto our lives loosely and to ready us to feel his hand on our backs, guiding us to be our best possible selves each day.
A prayer for the week
We praise you God, for everything in heaven and earth belongs to you! Help me to see all of life as a gift, and to live generously and faithfully. May my time, my talents, my work, and my wealth be used to bless our broken world and bring honor to the name of Jesus. Amen.