Devotion for Saturday, April 27, 2024

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19).

He’s a multi billionaire!  How much did he leave when he died?  All of it.  How silly that we have our time here, scramble to gain, and then leave it all behind.  There’s nothing wrong with having stuff; even lots of it.  But, if that is what we live for, there is everything wrong with living for stuff.  Live for the Lord and seek Him first.  The stuff is fine so long as it is just stuff to you.

Lord, I am guilty of loving some of my stuff.  I think these things are precious, and do not act as though it is just stuff.  In that in-between place is the balance where I am a good steward, but not owned by the stuff I say I own.  Lead me, Lord, away from coveting and into the place in my soul where I appreciate good things but can just as easily live without them.  You know the direction I need to go, Lord.

Lord Jesus, You left behind strips of linen.  Nothing else.  Well, You left us all salvation, hope, and promises.  Guide me, Lord, so that I leave that kind of example to those who come after me.  Guide me and help my spirit to follow Your lead.  I do struggle with these things, Lord, as You know, so help me in the way You know I need to be led.  Bring balance to my life!  Amen.