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
It can be challenging to live with an eternal view. This world has a way of shrinking our long perspective into just this moment. The moment we need to win this argument, the moment we are stressing about the holidays, the moment we are stuck in traffic and late for work, the moment we receive that phone call or make that discovery. These difficult moments - the big ones and the little ones - are the moments that define us, and they take our eyes off of eternity.
Even when we spend time in the Word, in church, or in small group, of our treasure is found in the created over the Creator, the world has the power to shift our focus and distract us from the eternal view. We forget who God is and who we are. We lose our direction and our purpose. We get lost in the midst of our intense, chaotic, consuming moments. Those moments can seem so urgent at the time, but they shove God into the background.
Scripture is God’s voice reminding us that this is not all there is. This is not our home. We were created to spend eternity with Jesus. Scripture is God’s voice shouting at us to stop focusing on all the treasures found here on this earth because they just don’t matter.
The most beautiful part of God’s story is that He gives us the grace we need for our self-focused and distracted hearts. If we seek Him, we will find Him. He will keep our eyes on Him, focused on eternity if we seek Him. If God has already secured us a place in heaven with Him, He will give us all the grace we need to keep our focus on Him.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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