“Home Sweet Home”….”There’s No Place Like Home”….”Home is Where the Heart Is”……”Home Where I Belong”….I could go on and on. There are so many references to home in our everyday vernacular, idioms and weaved into every fabric of our memories and plans. Home is where we should feel safe and loved. Many people across America grew up in the same home that they currently live in today. Home is different things to different people. Home can be a brick ranch with a white picket fence, an apartment in the middle of town or a shack at the beach. Regardless of where you live, your home is an investment. Maybe your investment is not financial but rather an investment of time. My home reflects me: my personality, my likes, my hobbies and the comfort I want for my family. I have spent hours painting, cleaning, polishing and decorating in order to create a home that I am proud to live in and show off to friends and family. I figure that I spend about forty percent of each day at home, so why not make my home a place I feel welcome and happy? In fact, I have lived with this motto for so long that I have spent more time decorating and loving my earthly home that I have neglected, for the most part, my investment in my heavenly home. I would even venture to guess that I have spent more time decorating my virtual home on Pinterest than cultivating treasures for eternity. When I examine this fact, I can view my priorities as seen from God’s perspective and it makes me sad. I’m sure it breaks His heart. After all, He told us in Matthew 6:19, “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” This is not an optional statement. If you know anything about grammar, then you will recognize that this verse begins with a verb behind a subject that is an “understood you”. Basically, Jesus said “You, stop!” If I told my children to stop in that manner, it would be viewed as a command. Are you following this? God gave Moses the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. The “Thou Shalt Nots” are such a part of society (at least it used to be) that most of us know some or all of the Ten Commandments. The legal parameters of America were founded on these commands. IF we know what’s good for us, we will listen when God commands. Here He is, in Matthew 6:19, commanding us to stop decorating our homes on earth where they will rot and can be robbed. Instead, in the next verse He says, “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”
So much of my time, I say my time as I cannot speak for anyone but myself, is spent on useless things that I think are important but when put into the perspective of eternity are actually useless. What a waste of the precious time and resources that God has given me to use for Him. Obviously, He wants us to enjoy life or He would not have created an ocean for us to play in or sunsets for our visual delight, but He wants us to live like Jesus who had no prized possessions that eventually become idols because He was “about his Father’s business”. Ultimately, this is not my home. My heart is longing for my eternal home where I will live with my Father forever. I hope I can keep this in mind as I continue on my journey. I want to continue decorating my home…. my heavenly home.
In Matthew 19:21, Jesus told a wealthy young man who had asked Him what he needed to do in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, “sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven”. This life will be over in the blink of an eye and before I am ready, I will be kneeling in front of the Creator of everything. It will be my greatest honor to be able to place crowns at His feet. “Lord, please help my focus to be on eternal treasures and to keep my eyes on You!”