My children received an ant farm as a gift recently. It has been so interesting to watch the gel turn from a solid substance into a maze of intricate tunnels and passages. The ants never seem to sleep. They just move quickly around, climbing over one another taking pieces of gel to the top only to descend into the tunnels again to continue their work. They work night and day on creating their extensive and elaborate habitat only to die in 1 to 3 months. Then the instructions say, you can simply rinse the dead ants out of the habitat they have created and keep it as a 3D form of art.
“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.” Matthew 19-20
Like the ants, I think that many of us get caught up in the “now”. We put more energy into the “I wants” and the earthly treasures than we do the heavenly ones. After all, don’t we love instant gratification!? Our world caters to this desire. We have drive through food, downloadable books, music & movies, internet shopping, stores on every corner and if we don’t have the cash – we just charge it. We collect and acquire things our whole life only to leave them all behind when we die.
What if we started thinking past this moment and this life? What if placed our focus on the big picture – the eternal picture? Can you imagine how the world would change? It is almost impossible to conceive.
“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Let’s begin to focus on treasures that we can hold on to eternally and can never be taken from us. For the things that we hold close and guard within our hearts can not be taken from us.
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3