Trash collector: musings from the sermon on the mount


Soon after we moved into our present home my husband decided we needed storage.  We had 25 years of accumulated living from our marriage and child rearing we couldn’t part with: bikes, a sassy seat, camping gear, lawn mower, tools, and the huge preserved marlin my dad caught on a fishing trip.  So on the back of our large yard we cut a foundation, put up a COSTCO metal storage unit and packed it full.  15 years later it was like opening a defective time capsule when we discovered, much to our chagrin, most of it was rusted and now worthless.  And the marlin looked like it had seen better days. This disappointment called to mind Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount found in the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.  Jesus said “Don’t lay up for yourselves treasures on earth were moths and rust corrupts and thieves can break in and steal.  Rather lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where moths and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasures are your heart will be also.”   I’d say if Jesus needed a good word picture to prove His point I had a few I could offer.  The fact is everything this side of the grave is, with time, going to be worthless and useless.  Everything we work so hard to attain or achieve will eventually slip through our fingers like sand.  The Bible says God put eternity into the hearts of man.  He has put into mankind a spirit and soul that will never cease to exist.  This spirit and soul is the real you and is precious, and dear and, to God, worth dying for.  Jesus is saying if we really want fulfillment, true wealth, status, peace  then find out how God defines wealth and how we cam earn points with God.  If God holds the key to true wealth then it stands to reason to bank with Him.  Jesus said “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”




2 thoughts on “Trash collector: musings from the sermon on the mount

  1. Indeed. When I gave my father-in-law’s eulogy last month, this was the scripture I put forth and his greatest treasures were: His faith, family, country, and friends.

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