19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
Jesus cares about our character - He wants us to focus on what's on the inside, not the outside. Yet, in this world that focuses so much on the outside - what kind of house you have, car you drive, clothes you wear, how much you weigh - we are constantly drawn back in to thinking about our outside. These things can become our treasures.
As much as I strive to be a woman of God, I get drawn back into the outside all the time. But, over and over, Jesus tells us stories to help us understand God only cares about what's on the inside. We never hear stories about what the people looked like, we only hear stories about what people did. The world is a sneaky place and it constantly focuses our attention on what people find important. When we want things for our own purpose, to make our lives easier, we are storing up treasures on this earth. None of it matters in eternity. We’re not taking our house, our car, our bank account or any of the stuff with us. And if we spend our time working for stuff, we’re not spending our time working on what God cares about. We’re not spending time working on what goes with us - our heart.
Jesus wants us to be filled with His love so that we shine light into the darkness, He wants us to have courage and strength that is set on His firm foundation that boasts of His power, and He wants us to have peace that surpasses all understanding so that our actions may have an eternal impact on the people we love. It is not wrong to have nice things or to care about what you look like, it is only wrong when these things begin to define us or worry us.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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