He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt. —Hebrews 11:26

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. —Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:24

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. —Luke 12:33

            Where is your heart’s focus? If you were told today to tie up life’s ends because tomorrow you would be in heaven, would you be happy or sad? The answer to that question will give indication as to where your treasure is.   It will also give indication as to what your treasure is.

            The Apostle Paul’s mindset— “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith” (Philippians 1:23-25). His desire was to be with Jesus which is “far better.” But he also knew that he was still living on the planet for the benefit of other’s “your progress and joy in the faith.” 

            Again, I ask, where really is your treasure and what is it that you treasure?   Who, where and what is your treasure?   Is our mindset like that of the Apostle?   Would we truly really rather die and be with Jesus? And while we are here living on earth are we truly desiring to encourage others in their progress in faith? May it be so!

Dear Father may I treasure Jesus above all and may I also treasure helping others mature in their faith as You are maturing me. Oh, that I would be maturing for the rest of my life and not stagnant. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

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