Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pure Gold

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves 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.” Matthew 6:19-21

Not About Money
My dear friend Sally died last week.  Because Sally had been fighting cancer, her passing was anticipated, but untimely as her illness had been discovered only a few months ago.  As I sat with her the day before she died, we shared memories and sang old hymns together.  She knew that her time was very short.

At the end of our visit, as I was walking away, Sally called my name.  I walked back to her bedside.  There, my friend reached up and took my hand in both of hers.  She looked into my eyes and said “Goodbye.”  I kissed her hand and said “Sally, I’m coming back tomorrow.  I’ll see you then.”  She said “Okay.” And I left her room.

The next day, I returned to her door there at the nursing home and found her room full of people.  I asked her pastor how Sally was doing.  He replied that Sally had passed away…not thirty minutes before my arrival.  Immediately, I reflected back to the last hour I had shared with my sweet sister in the Lord.  Of the years of friendship we had shared, of her love and prayerful support.  I am a rich man.

It’s About People
I am a wealthy man.  Did you not know this?  I am.  Not because of any money in my bank account.  Trust me…it’s not because of money.  With my salvation accepted as my greatest possession, I suggest to you that relationships are our next greatest gift. I believe I’m rich because my life is full of friendships like the one I shared with Sally.  Brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ who are a part of my life, my testimony, and my circle of prayer…these are the gold in my account. These are true wealth on this earth.  I am wealthy because of the friendships God has blessed me with. 

Of these relationships, I believe it can be said – that moth and vermin cannot destroy them.  Nor can thieves break in and steal them.  These are treasures stored up that I have not only in this life, but also the life to come.

So, are you putting people first?  Are you taking stock and nurturing the relationships that God has given to you?  Singer/songwriter Russ Taff wrote many years ago: “I’ve watched friends who drifted out of my life ‘cause I didn’t take time…”  Consider your treasures.

Almighty God, We periodically sing “What a friend we have in Jesus”.  Yet we can get so busy that we neglect the friends we have IN Jesus.  Awaken us to the fellowship of the Family of God, and make us sensitive to the needs of these whom we love, and are so loved by.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotional Archive