Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Picture Parable: The Ultimate Fate of Our Temporal Riches

This fire in California, captured by L.A. Daily News photographer Gene Blevins, visually illustrates the truth behind the words of Jesus, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).


Unknown said...

Let us pray that those who are affected will be convicted of sin and see that they are in greater danger than they realize unless they repent.

Also, let us pray that we as Christians would be reminded of our the ultimate fate of our temporal riches.

Bill said...

Truly God's mercies are renewed each day

Thanks for reminding me of this fact

Grace to All

B Nettles said...

"men of this world...leave their abundance to their babes. As for me, I shall behold They face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake." Psalm 17:14-15

I hope I can live my life being satisfied by seeing the Lord each morning.

Thanks for the reminder, Wade.

Christiane said...


I love that Psalm you quoted.
Seeking the Face of the Lord is a great theme in the OT, wherein the yearning for God's Presence is seen.
Soon, in my faith, we begin a season of preparation for celebration of the fulfillment of that yearning with the coming of Emmanuel, God With Us. And in that season of Advent, many of the longings for Him in the OT will again be read in our liturgy.

Here is a Psalm (song) that reflects that great yearning
"to see the Face of the Lord":

Pax Christi,

Pege` said...

Wade, the end of the verse.."where your heart is where your treasure is"
I believe it is possible to own and enjoy all the many things we enjoy on earth. Land, homes, cars, is our heart attitude about where the problem is. Or even people can have a wrong place in our hearts.I have even seen ministries for the Lord that meant more to a person than the Lord. King Davis said, Lord give me no more than my portion lest I am too satisfied and forget about you, nor give me poverty less I steal and bring dishonor to your name. I have never seen a moving van next to a hearse...thanks for the reminder that CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT!! Especially with the holidays looming.

rick t said...

PEGE-You are correct. In Dave Ramsey's financial peace course he teaches us how to have nice things. It takes sweat and perserverance. In proverbs the Bible says "A faithful man will abound in blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished." Prov 28:20 And the Psalmist says "If riches increase, do not set your hear on them." Ps 62:10 And during this holiday season, we see folks scurrying around spending money they don't have in order to obtain stuff they don't need. I like what Calvin Coolidge said; "There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means."

rick t said...

s/b set your heart

Lydia said...

It makes me think of a starving Lottie Moon on the ship home with her empty trunk because she gave everything away during the famine. Even her food.