This is my 8th blog in a series called “Jesus Said”. The purpose of this series it to take a closer look at the word of God and discover the message God has for us so we don’t drift away from the life He desires for us. Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 Today we are looking at what Jesus said about rust.
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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
Many of us have read this verse no less than a hundred times, but this reminder that Jesus spoke in Galilee so many centuries ago during His Sermon on the Mount seemed more than appropriate as we come off of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness.
So, today I’m going to ask, “Where is your treasure?” Idols are always quick to take over our thoughts and hearts, but around Christmas it seems to flare up a bit more as our minds and lists start to resemble that of a Hollywood personal shopper. Buying, wrapping and delivering gifts, hosting, cooking, cleaning, Christmas parties and schedules packed so tight there is hardly a moment left to sit at the table with our families and reflect on the actual reason we celebrate Christmas.
Somewhere, beneath the wrapping paper, lists, guilty feelings of not being able to find and deliver the perfect gift, resentful feelings of the past and present that come along with family we visit with, pride about what we have given and received, jealously of the gifts and opportunities those around us receive that we could never have . . . somewhere, beneath all of those things, feeling and false treasures there is a child who was sent by a loving Father to carry the weight and sin of all the world from creation to His glorious return.
This gift, the gift of our Savior and all the love, kindness, forgiveness, grace, peace He offers can’t be destroyed. It can sit on a shelf, unaccepted and unacknowledged, but it can never be taken away, destroyed or stolen from us.
This December, as every day moves us closer to the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, I pray we all take time to remember and reflect on what Jesus said about rust and what He offers all of us is everlasting and can never be destroyed by it.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:13-15