Treasure Seekers by Tony Nester

Treasure Seekers
Tony Nester
Matthew 6:19-21

(Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV) ""Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; {20} but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. {21} For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Evelyn and I just ordered a present for our daughter Carolyn's birthday. We chose a jewelry box. It will replace the one that was stolen when thieves robbed her home in Des Moines. Among others things taken was her jewelry box which contained all her jewelry, including jewelry from her wedding day and gifts from her husband. I was sick when we got the phone call telling us of the robbery.

Some of you have been robbed — cars, homes, boats, trailers, cabins — all invaded by thieves.

Many of you lost precious possessions in the Waverly flood and you worry every time the Cedar River starts to rise — as it might again with all the snow we've had accumulate.

I can imagine these words of Jesus about storing up treasure on earth coming in response to the news of some recent robbery that was being talked about. Palestinian homes in Jesus' day were frequently robbed. The best most people could do to protect their valuables was to hide them in their homes or bury them in the ground. Thieves found it easy to dig through mud walls and dig up the ground. Losses were frequent.

Jesus also mentions the losses that resulted from moths and rust. It wasn't easy to protect clothing and fabrics from insects. Rust and decay were hard to prevent.

"Don't put your life's treasure into storage in the earth," Jesus tells us, "no place on earth is safe enough for your heart's desire."

Jesus' words aside the storage business is booming in this country. 1 out of every 11 homes also owns a self-storage space. Homes are bigger, family sizes have grown smaller, but sti ...

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