Wednesday, March 18
In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructs us saying, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." This guidance from Christ frequently reminds me to focus my attention on eternity and the life of my spirit each day, rather than keeping my consciousness pitifully restricted to the physical, material, and egotistical worries and concerns of daily human life in the earthly world.
Each day at breakfast, I say a little prayer of thanks and ask that my morning meal be used to nourish my body with health, strength, flexibility, and endurance so that I may be of service to God's will and the Kingdom of Heaven. That my life be used in the pursuit of Christ's purpose for me in whatever I do that day. There is no greater treasure than to feel the joy of walking with Christ and attempting to live in humble imitation of His example.
Houses, cars, clothing, riches, praise, and human life itself pass away, but the soul endures. I want my heart to be always where the real treasure is. Mother Theresa once said that God does not ask that we do great things, just that we do small things each day with great love. When we serve Christ, we are enriched beyond earthly measures.
Lord God, help us daily to see our salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only treasure truly worth pursuing, and let our actions always be according to this knowledge. Amen