Week Four – Day 4
TODAY’S FAST – Today a mission organization blessed you with a micro loan and you have started your own business. You are now able to add a small bit of protein (one chicken breast per family) to your meal
Read Matthew Chapter 6
Think back over the years of the many personal treasures you have owned. Maybe it was a baseball mitt you bought with money you saved from picking strawberries, or your first 10-speed bike, or even your wedding ring. These items may have been treasures to you. Things that you cherished more than anything.
What happened to those treasures? Maybe you still have them, but most likely your brother left your mitt in the rain and it was ruined. Or your bike was stolen out of the shed behind your house. Or that wedding ring came off your finger while working around the house.
Though each of these objects was a treasure to you at one time, now they are all gone. You could not hold on to them as much as you wanted to. Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth 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.” (Matthew 6:20-21)
How do we store up treasures in heaven? Is there a heavenly safe deposit box somewhere? The only treasures we will be able to take to heaven with us are people. We can build relationships on earth that will continue in heaven. We can introduce people to Jesus so they will join us in heaven. We can invest in the work God is doing on earth so others will join us for eternity. We can feed, clothe, house, educate, and heal the poor so they will see the love of God and hear the Good News of Jesus. What are we doing with the resources God has entrusted to us?
God, Help my heart be focused on things that matter to you. Help me invest in things that are eternal. Help me be content with what you have given me and help me hold everything that you have entrusted to me with an open hand. Help me be a blessing to others.
“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.” Matthew 6:20-21 NIV