Pastor Seth

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Things of this world are passing away.
Here tomorrow, but they’re sure not here to stay . . .
Don’t lay your treasures upon this earth.
They’ll soon pass away and all return to dirt . . .

For as long as I can remember I have loved cars. The sound of a big block V8, the smell of gasoline, the lines of cars at a car show, swapping out motors; I love it all. For many, a car is just a car, but for me they have always been a work of art. There is a beauty in the sharp lines of a Chrysler 300M. I see speed in the sleek design of a Bugatti Veyron. I hear fierceness in the sound of a 427 Cobra Jet engine. I find simple pleasure in driving a Ford Thunderbird.

Yet, every car that has ever been created will leave you disappointed. It doesn’t matter how much work goes into a vehicle’s construction, how well it is maintained, or how clean of a storage facility the car stays in; every car will eventually wear out. How do I know this? My 79 Mercury Cougar was hauled to the junk yard, my 97 Thunderbird rusted out, my 92 Lumina Z34 blew its motor, my 94 Buick LeSabre slowly died, I totaled my 95 Ford Thunderbird, and just a few days ago I noticed the first spot of rust on my 99 Ford Escort. Every car I have ever owned has in sense, as the words in the opening line put it, passed away.

The words in the lines at the beginning of this article are from Things of This World by DC Talk. The song has an important message to share with us based on the words of Jesus found in Scripture:

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I’m sure many of those who heard Jesus say this millennia ago and many who hear it today have a hard time listening. God created this world and everything in it for us to enjoy, but He also knows that there are many of us who have a tendency to love the things of this world more than we love Him. We store up “treasure” after “treasure.” We put things in storage to preserve them. We place things in vaults to protect them. We relentlessly maintain our collection of “treasures” in the hopes that they will bring us happiness and pleasure forever.

Jesus tells us that no matter how well you seek to preserve your things, they will eventually be destroyed or taken away from you, whether by natural breakdown, theft, or your own death. Nothing you do can change this fact. Yet, there is one thing that will never pass away.

Jesus goes on to say “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” How do I do this you ask? Simple, hear the invitation of the Gospel and place your faith in Jesus as your Savior who died and rose again for you and trust in Him as your Lord who guides you. When you do this God promises that you are granted the right to become His child and all the rights and privileges of an heir of heaven. You are given the promise of God’s blessings in life, of forgiveness of sins and of eternal life. These are the “treasures” of heaven that will never wear out, decompose, or be destroyed.

While I am disappointed that most of my cars are gone forever, I remember that God’s promises, my salvation and eternal life, will last forever and never pass away. How about you, where is your heart today? Where have you laid up your “treasures?”

Things of this world are passing away.
So lay your treasure above and start to live for Him today!

Pastor Seth