Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it’s a time when we express what we’re thankful for. Sometimes the true meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in all the food and Black Friday shopping. I want to encourage you to put your treasure into perspective this Thanksgiving. What are you really thankful for and how can you treat it like a treasure?
Matthew 6:20 says, “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Later in Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The treasure you store away refers to the things we can’t hold onto. So, what is it that you treasure? How will you store it in Heaven? We treasure our love and faith in God, this is something that is in our heart, it’s stored as treasure.
Treasure is something really important to you, it’s something you take care of and protect. You guard it and it is special to you.
We tend to lose focus on God because we’re treasuring other things in life, like social media status or friends.
Put your treasure into perspective. Would you rather have more “likes” on a post, or life with the Everlasting God?
Sometimes we’re so busy with school and work that we don’t stop to think about what it is we truly treasureor what we’re truly thankful for.
Let’s dig deeper in what we thank God for. How about being truly thankful for the things that can’t be taken away? Money can be taken away, friends come and go, and even family can let us down. A couple of things that can’t be taken away from us are our faith and love for others. The Lord is constantly filling us up even when we feel like there’s nothing left. Going back to Matthew 6:33 when he says “these things,” they are the tangible; our home, our clothes, our iPhone. But we need to first “seek the Kingdom of God.” That means living like Jesus did and loving like He loves us.
I’ll leave you with Ephesians 2:4-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” Being saved through grace isn’t something you can hold in your hands. It’s something that happens in your heart. Even though we can’t hold it, we’re so thankful for it. It can’t be taken away.
My challenge to you this Thanksgiving is to find deeper gratitude in the non-tangible things of this life and ask The Lord to store treasure in your heart.