by: CHUCK LOFTIS
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).
Set aside this passage's context regarding material things for a moment, and simply ask, "Where's my heart: is it in things above or in things below?"
That's the foremost question that should be asked as a result of reading those scriptures.
But I'd like to provoke your thought with this question: how often is your mind on God, and the things of God?
Some helpful hints on how to get your mind where God calls it to be:
- Remember that, while you have/had earthly parents, God in Heaven is your ultimate Father. While on earth you certainly have biological parents, still and ultimately - and in the greatest sense - you are God's child.
- Remember, dwelling in any geopolitical designation on earth is merely a temporary arrangement: as God's child, your primary citizenship is in Heaven.
- Remember that other followers of Christ - of differing ethnicities, political persuasion, economic class, and nationalities - are the truest expression of "siblings" because these will be your brothers and sisters for an eternity.
Why these things matter is that in getting down to spiritual business, thinking deeply about matters as they deserve, we begin gaining an eternal perspective worthy of the spiritual family to which we belong. We begin seing things in this world as God does rather than as we are.
And the result?
Your heart begins to treasure the things God treasures and it changes your entire perspective on things here below.
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them" (Hebrews 11:13-16).