Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father help us to fight against our fleshly desire to value the things of this world over and above the things of His Kingdom. Father, we get so quickly caught up in the minutia of our daily living, money, food, clothes, house, car, toys, etc, etc, etc. Please help us. Please guide us. In the name of Jesus please speak to each one of us today. Tell us what and who and how you value things. So that we might imitate you! Amen!
Your Morning Song: "White As Snow" by Jon Foreman
Your Morning Scripture: Matthew 6:19-20
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.
If we measured our daily thinkings, doings, and sayings by their eternal value, what we discover about ourselves? What treasures have I stored up in heaven? I have a house, a car, clothes, food, and money here on earth. What awaits me when I die and none of that comes with me?
I don't think that any this is new to most of us. We get it. We've heard these kinds of things before. Most likely read these verses before. And yet, we so often and so easily lose focus on what has eternal value as we fixate on what has some value, but nothing truly lasting.
How I treat my wife and children is more important than the roof I think I put over their heads. If I provide for their physical needs and neglect them relationally, then there will be nothing waiting for me in heaven. And God will not listen to my prayers or my worship.
How I treat my co-workers is more important than what I get paid. How I drive on the road is more important than what I drive. How I give is more important than what I get.
If we are truly citizens of the Kingdom of God, then we must value and use His eternal currency over the materials of earth. What do we think, say, and do that pleases God? Nothing? No amount of earthly success or wealth can make up for such an answer.
May we be a people who weigh our decisions, our words, and our actions by their eternal value. May we be mindful of stewarding our physical resources well, so that we might better submit them and ourselves to God's Will. May we be a people who seek after the one who has bought us and brought us into His Father's presence from now into eternity. May we value what and who and how Jesus values.