I like cities and Newport, Rhode Island has become one of my favorites. I’m a native New Englander and had never been to this gem that is less than an hour and a half from our home until last October when my husband and I decided to visit Newport for a much needed getaway weekend. We came away from our weekend refreshed and with a year’s membership pass to visit all the Newport mansions. Last Saturday, we went for our last visit on our membership pass.
I have enjoyed visiting the Newport mansions but have to say that walking and driving along the ocean were my favorite things to do while there! Learning about the Gilded Age in America was interesting yet as we closed out our season at Newport, I couldn’t help thinking about 1 Timothy 6:6-7, the verses we memorized last week. Paul spoke of godliness with contentment being great gain for we brought nothing into the world and we aren’t taking anything out of the world. All of these summer homes are there for us to visit and get a glimpse into a time past but every owner left behind those treasures. I was reminded about what Jesus had to say about our treasures.
“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.” Matthew 6:19-21
Our treasures on earth are perishable and not secure but the treasures we store in heaven are imperishable and protected. Where would you want to store up treasures? That’s a no brainer. It’s not wrong to have possessions but if our earthly possessions become our focus and our treasure, we’ll be missing out on what truly is important – seeking first His kingdom and laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven. When our hearts are His, our treasure will be where He is.
If you’re like me, you probably read our M & M passage for the week and asked the question, what does it look like to store our treasures in heaven? Scripture is the best answer to our questions! And we can go back to 1 Timothy 6 where we began to discover one answer. “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that thy may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 When you think about it, aren’t we the rich in this present age when you consider the whole of the world? Would you join me this week in memorizing Matthew 6:19-21 and discover where your heart is?