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Treasure In Heaven by Ken Edgerly

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin 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

Recently I had a very vivid dream. Most often when I first wake up, I know I have been dreaming but could never tell you anything about what my dream was about. This time, though, I could remember all the details clearly. I dreamt I was doing a job for someone and at the end of the day, left my tools on the job. The next day I returned to the job and noticed there were tools missing from my tool bag. I figured I must have just forgotten to put things away the day before but soon realized someone had actually taken them. Boy was I angry! I was stomping around throwing things and totally upset angry. I woke up still angry about it, till I realized it was a dream, then was very relieved to find it was only a dream.

All day I thought about that dream and wondered if I was putting too much care for the things I had in this world. I've had people steal from me before and I've never acted like I did in my dream. I mean those were my things and someone took them and boy this time I'd had it. I was also thinking how lately I've been buying a lot of things online.  I kind of discovered how easy it was since I've been home and not going to stores much. I mean, just see something I like online and throw it in my cart, pay with the card and a few days later a brown truck drives up and drops it off. How convenient is that. What am I becoming, getting a bunch of things and worrying about losing or having them stolen. This is not the person I want to be. I think about Paul, in his later years especially, how he really had nothing but was very satisfied because his focus was on his treasures in heaven. I think about people who are wealthy and seem to have all the things you could want and if they wanted something else they could just go and purchase it. And then I know people who don't have much at all and are cautious about spending money on anything since they don't have a lot of money to begin with.  I would much rather be the person with few things and if this dream was a wake up call, I am grateful and want to act on it. I don't think there is anything wrong with having things, but here we are told by Jesus not to store up treasures here on earth which don't last. That is my desire, to be content with what I have here on earth and keep my focus on things of heaven.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

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