My Pride And Joy
In August 2009, I made a significant financial purchase.
I bought my very first iPad, a first generation Apple iPad. The cost was around $500.
For several months, I worked hard and saved any extra money I could. I even did some additional side work in order to save up enough money to buy this amazing new technology that Apple produced.
For at least a year or two, this iPad 1 was my pride and joy. I took it with me everywhere. I used it for everything.
Then, of course, Apple had the audacity to build newer and better iPads (what seemed to be every 6 months), making my glorious iPad 1 practically obsolete. Now five years later in 2014, you can go online to websites such as Craigslist and buy this same iPad for around $100-150. This tablet computer has depreciated greatly in value over time.
Ultimately, though, the materials used in this iPad will end up in a landfill or be recycled into another product.
Jesus And Our Treasures
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about our treasures and their value in this life and the next.
He said in Matthew 6:19-21,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Jesus gives us three key thoughts in these verses.
First, earth is a bad location to store our treasures. They will decay over time, plus there is the potential for theft.
Second, heaven is a better place to store our treasures. They will never decay here, or ever be stolen.
Third, our hearts follow our treasures. When we are consumed about our earthly treasure, our hearts are concerned with a temporal earth. God wants us to store up treasure in heaven so that our heart is focused on heaven. If we are believers, this is our ultimate destination, our eternal home.
So, Where’s Your Treasure?
Isn’t it ironic that we as believers in Christ often devote so much time, attention and money into the things that rust and perish? But, we ignore those things that truly last forever.
May I ask you this question, where is your treasure? Are you perhaps more concerned financially in earthly things such as cars, iPads, computers, phones or houses? These items lose their monetary value over time and will eventually be destroyed.
Or, are you investing in eternity? A great way to invest in eternity is by giving back to the Lord what He has entrusted to us through the weekly offerings of your local church.
The old saying goes that we can’t take it with us, but we can send it on ahead.
See my Giving Talk Video below where I addressed this same issue: