Where your treasure is

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Originally posted a year ago, today’s blog entry is revised and re-posted below:

The Verse of the Day for January 9, 2016 comes from a familiar section of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus Christ provides instruction labeled Teaching about Money and Possessions in Matthew 6:19-21 in the New Living Testament:

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Listen to a reading of the passage by Nicole Johnson:

In a parallel discussion about possessions and money, Jesus Christ offers similar words of wisdom in Luke 12:33-34 (NLT):

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT) also provide instruction as to where believers should direct their thoughts:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Martin Luther has rightly noted, “Whatever man loves, that is his god. For he carries it in his heart; he goes about with it night and day; he sleeps and wakes with it, be it what it may wealth or self, pleasure or renown.”

Steve Green provides a musical rendition of this celebrated passage designed to teach children this valuable lesson: “Where Your Treasure Is”

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