Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. (Matt. 6:20)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 6:19–21
Several years ago, my sister and her family lost their home and nearly every material possession to an EF5 tornado that destroyed their entire town. This massive and unexpected loss brought real and understandable grief, but they displayed a powerful testimony in the aftermath of the storm. They genuinely believed and demonstrated that what they lost in a tangible sense did not define them.
They were (miraculously) safe from injury. The congregation they served remained intact. God provided every material and financial need as they rebuilt their lives. And through their example, I learned what it meant to store up treasures in heaven. I learned what it meant to wholly trust the God who gives and takes away.
If your possessions mean more to you than anything else, their loss will destroy your soul. If your possessions are merely a perk, but your heart is centered on the Lord, you’ll stand strong in the wake of disaster and loss. And as I learned from my family, this answer won’t just affect you—it will impact all those who see how you live.
Regardless of whether or not you are ever faced with losing everything you own on this earth, you are daily given the choice to decide what matters most to you. Who or what holds your heart? Is it your things, your people, or your God?
Choose today where your heart and affections will live.
Bekah Shaffer lives in Bluffton, Indiana, and enjoys studying and teaching the Word, drinking coffee, and adventuring with her husband, Ryan, and puppy, Lexi Grae.
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