For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
American culture offers an excessive and easily attainable amount of distractions. While it is true that the more monetarily sound you are, the more you can afford to indulge in luxury homes, cars, vacation, and electronic gadgets, even those of modest means still have access to sports, movies, music, and a wide variety of entertainment options through the television and internet. With evidence of wealth and abundance permeating the media, though, it is easier than ever to lead those with lower or middle class incomes down the treacherous path of covetousness. Politicians know this and all too often manipulate those jealous of the "haves" into voting for them on promises to make the rich pay "their fair share" so those less fortunate can somehow benefit. This ploy is only possible because, for so many people, earthly treasures trump heavenly ones.
I am reminded here of one of Aesop's fables: The Dog With the Bone. Seemingly content with his treasure, the dog is trotting along until he reaches the edge of a stream. Peering in and imagining he is seeing another dog with an even better bone than he has, he opens his mouth to wrench the bone away, only to have his own bone land "splash" in the stream and float away while he, in turn, is left with nothing. What a cruel master is greed! Wanting something bigger and better in this world, unabashedly taking away from someone so that we might have more, is a lose-lose situation, one where we cease to count the blessings, rich and vast, that we already have.
Take time today to reflect on all the distractions surrounding you that remove your focus from God. Ask Him to help you place them all aside, giving thanks for both what you have and what you don't. Place your treasures in the storehouse of Heaven, and your heart will follow for eternity.
Psalms 87, 90 or 136
2 Kings 11:1-20a
1 Corinthians 7:10-24
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