Downsizing was the order of the day. Health issues and accumulating years necessitated moving into smaller quarters. Reduction of the contents of a spacious home, a two-bedroom apartment, an antique shop, and two outbuildings offered many challenges.
A large dumpster loaded to overflowing, an equal amount of stuff on the ground awaiting the arrival of a second dumpster, an auction, and most of the ‘treasure’ accrued over fifty years would soon be gone. The term ‘bitter-sweet’ described our feelings.
I mean no disrespect to Matthew 6:19, but may I offer a paraphrase? “Do not store up your treasures in outbuildings where mice leave their ‘calling cards’; where raccoons have raised a brood of ‘little bandits’, and a leaky roof destroys the best of furniture and fabric.” How quickly many things once thought to be ‘pearls of great price’ lose their luster. Stains, mold, soils, warped pieces, and moth holes spoke to me on the folly of storing up treasures on earth.
While I think I’ve always believed the words of Jesus, “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), the tangible events mentioned above brought this Biblical truth home. The message from scripture moved from my head to my heart.
Wonderful family members and Christian friends helped with the momentous task. It was very obvious that the love and kindness of these folks are true treasures on earth. Unlike the stuff we accumulate, the glorious reality that our relationships with the Lord, family, and fellow believers constitute things that never fade. These riches will continue on into heaven. Serving the Lord, sharing our faith, serving our fellowman are among the treasures we can store in heaven.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~ Brother Roy