Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store treasures for yourselves here on earth where moths and rust will destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them.  But store your treasures in heaven where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is.”  (NCV)

Most often when we read this verse, we consider the material possessions we have, or perhaps desire.  Most certainly the things that we know won’t last, and we definitely cannot take with us when we go.  But are these the only things keeping us from storing up treasure in heaven?  I think material possessions do tend to take our focus off of Jesus.  We worry about them breaking, wearing down, being stolen or otherwise destroyed.  How would we replace them if something happened.  And we spend plenty of time thinking about what we would like to add to our stash of stuff.  Working to make the extra money to purchase it.

What about the things that have so much of our attention that are not those material possessions?  The job, housework, family, sports, television shows, hobbies, and other past-times?  Obviously, some of those things must have some of our attentions.  And others we choose to do for fun or other various reasons.  But how much of these things take our focus from Jesus?  Oh do I struggle with that!  I guess I just see that these verses are a reminder of more than keeping material possessions in check.  We really need to keep all things, including time-consumers in proper perspective…prioritized with Jesus in front.  When we do that, then we will be storing up treasures in heaven.