Daily Devotionals

September 19th, 2023

Read Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This passage involves a fundamental shift in our values and priorities. Instead of relentlessly pursuing wealth and material goods, we should invest our time, energy, and resources in service to God and others.

This is how we cultivate lasting “treasures in heaven.” These treasures are symbolic of the spiritual wealth we accumulate through acts of kindness, love, generosity, and devotion to God. They are not subject to theft, decay, or loss, unlike earthly possessions.

Practically speaking, this means redirecting our focus from amassing material wealth to growing in our walk with Jesus, nurturing meaningful relationships and engaging in acts of compassion and service. It’s about seeking fulfillment in helping others, being content with what we have, and recognizing that true wealth is found in a life grounded in faith, love, and spiritual abundance.

These verses encourage us to regularly assess our priorities, ensuring that we are not enslaved by the pursuit of materialism but rather living a life that reflects our commitment to God and the service and well-being of others around us.

“The world asks, “what does a man own?; Christ asks, “How does he use it?”  Andrew Murray

Pray: “Dear Jesus – thank You for Your provision for me.  Please teach me how to use what You’ve provided to be of service to You and those that You’ve put in my path.  In Jesus name, Amen.”