Monday, March 4, 2019
Matthew 6:19-21: [Jesus is saying,] "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 destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
It's All About Now:
Apollo Creed said something poignant when was telling Rocky Balboa about an upcoming boxing match. Rocky was saying, "I'll do that tomorrow." Apollo would shout back, "There IS No tomorrow."
The message is, "Take care of today. Get what you can today. For there is no tomorrow." The same message is relayed in people's attitude toward houses. Back in the day, my day for example, my parents didn't buy their "forever house" right away. They purchased houses that fit the finances and the family AT THAT TIME. When finances were better and the family was bigger, we got a new house.
That's not the same now. Now it's, "We want our 5 bedroom house with 5 bathrooms for our four children that we don't have, yet. We want it all, now, so we don't have to wait for it."
The end result is, we have a house that's too big, both in size and finances that we can't take care of. It's too much for us.
The biggest problem is, we don't see a future. We don't see heaven. We only see now. We see no future past this one.
It's NOT About Now:
Jesus is very clear. It is about the future. The treasures we search for are NOT the ones of today. It's not about the 5 bedroom 5 bathroom house. It's about the eternal mansion that Jesus prepared for us to live in. It's not about the cars, houses, and money. They are only tools which we use. It is about the life that we have with Jesus BOTH now AND forever. Our focus is on heavenly treasures, eternal treasures.
Its' About Life with God:
And when we focus upon the life that we have in Jesus Christ, everything else falls into perspective and place. It's like the house. Will we get to the 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house? Maybe, the Lord willing. What if we don't? Life's not over. Because our life is defined by Jesus and what He did. Jesus has already given us what we need now, AND what we will receive in the future. There is our focus.
What's your reaction? What do you think? Let me know.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.