Just a few weeks ago, I wore the same earrings for a week straight. Or maybe it was two weeks. Who can remember?
That may not sound like a big deal to you, but for this jewelry lover, it’s huge. Because I love all. the. jewelry. Beautiful necklaces, matching earrings, lovely bracelets…you name it, and I love it! I even have some costume jewelry that I wear in my hair when I’m feeling fancy.
But when you are moving and everything you own is packed in boxes, you do what you gotta do. So one small pair of silver hoops did their job. It was easier to keep up with one pair of earrings than to worry about changing them every day. Besides, I was wearing t-shirts and jeans every day anyway. I might like jewelry but I don’t get dressed up to move! 🙂
And you know what? No one even noticed. Or if they did, it didn’t matter enough to them to mention it.
A Story about Treasures
Jesus told a parable about a man who had an abundant crop one year. The story goes like this,
And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.
This man placed all his hopes in his belongings, built bigger barns to store them all, and sat back, thinking he had it made. Jesus’ point here is not that the man had a good harvest, or even that he built a bigger barn to store the harvest. No, Jesus’ concern was the man’s heart. The man apparently was relying on his ability to care for himself and not on God’s provision. And I also wonder if he couldn’t have shared some of that abundance with his neighbors.
Treasures in Heaven
The testimony today is that God is enough…regardless of the size of your harvest or of your earring collection. I can’t tell you how much is too much. That’s a decision we each have to make for ourselves as we listen to God speak into our lives. But I can tell you that I know when I’ve crossed the line into excess…and have started to rely on it instead of God. You probably know where that line is for you too.
I want to be the gal who relies on God’s provision for all that I need in this world. I don’t want to hold onto my possessions so tightly that my heart closes up and I’m unwilling to share with others. My prayer for all of us today is that we will be rich towards God and towards the people He brings into our lives…that we are storing up treasures in heaven instead of here on the earth…and that we recognize when we’ve crossed that line!
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