I sighed as I went through a relative’s old silver. Looking at the many different pieces, I saw the special and varied memories tied up into each individual item. Stories could be told of the dinner parties, women’s luncheons, and other different events in which they played a role. What types of guests had this silver served? What tales did they overhear? The pieces display beautiful craftsmanship and contain a rich history, but I contemplated the truth that when our lives are over, these things remain behind.
Donna Tartt, in her novel The Goldfinch, aptly states, “. . . well, he was a person like us, he got attached to objects, they had personalities and souls to him . . . .” Scripture cautions us, however, “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, NIV)
As women who love the Lord, God calls us to carefully balance worldly goods and His riches. We appreciate the beauty and comfort our earthly treasures bring us, but we know they cannot possess us. Rather, Christ and His abundance should consume us. What are Christ’s treasures? The multitude of His treasures include a spirit of kindness, humility, goodness, love, fortitude, honesty—attributes which are important building blocks in a Christian’s life and witness. These are as gold, silver, and gemstones; moth and rust will not destroy them.
For the majority of us, a continual struggle plays out to ensure the things of this earth do not dominate us. In my own life, it has helped me to tastefully furnish my home, but not clutter it with objects, to give away clothing when I purchase new apparel, and to set spending limits when it comes to gift giving or major purchases. Often, I take cash to the store and when none remains, it’s time to stop shopping. It’s that simple. Be creative and ask God to search your heart concerning this, and trust the Holy Spirit to convict you and lead you in the direction He desires for your life. Relax, and enjoy what God has allowed you to possess, but continue to ask for His guidance to keep your heart free from encumbrances and to lay up your treasures in heaven.
Father God, help me to have a thankful spirit for all you have provided and to be content. I ask you to search my heart and show me where I’m trusting in things of this earth rather than in your riches. Help me to follow your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Luke 12:34 (NIV): “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 10:2 (NIV): “Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.”
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV): “In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
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