Saturday, May 1, 2010

On My Mind

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21.

Where is my treasure? God has been really laying this down on my heart lately. We read this verse a couple days ago during a family devotional time and it has really stayed with me. First of all, how do you define treasure? My treasure is the saving grace of my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. My treasure is my husband and my four children.

Other treasures begin to take over my thoughts. The tangible types of treasures found in our world today. The treasures that aren't the ones stored up in heaven. I begin to compare myself and my treasures to The Jones'. Bad move, right? I start to go down a slippery slope when I start to "covet"what others may have and I don't.

The comparisons begin. Why don't I have this, this and that? How can they afford this, this and that? Why am I doing this? It takes over like a bad case of food poisoning. I start to feel sick. This isn't what God wants for me!

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principle of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8

I pray to God to take captive these thoughts about the have-nots. I begin to pray about the treasures that God has given me that no comparison can be made. My relationship with God is my treasure, first and foremost. My beloved husband is a beautiful treasure and the family we are bringing up together in Christ.

God is always at my side and I am thankful for the provisions he has made in my life. I will not let the comparisons flood my mind any longer and I will be happy for the things I am blessed with by God.

Our world today is filled with instant gratification and the lure of worldly treasures. Satan is lurking around every corner telling you what you need to make yourself feel good and whole. The one and only truth that I know that makes me feel good and whole is...

Jesus Christ!!

Just a few thoughts weighing on my mind during a lazy Saturday afternoon. Remember, don't let the world tell you what your treasure should be. God bless.

Shelley :)


Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I couldn't agree more, Shelley! It is so hard not to fall into the trap of wishing you had things or circumstances that other people have. I was actually just thinking about this too. What a powerful tool this is for the enemy and that only makes me want to resist it that much more. We'll lean on each other, sista, and remind each other of the awesome daughters of the King that we are and all the blessings He has given us! Love ya!

Melissa said...

Such an important thing for us to know. How our children need this message ingrained in their hearts as well. SO many of us are taught to chase and seize the American Dream to be successful...I believe God's definition of success is far different from the world's and is much more like what you write about in your entry!

Thanks for sharing!