Day 38 – January 9 – Wednesday

IMAGINE: A Loving God (Love Requires A Response)

Loving God Means Leaving a Legacy

Matthew 6:19-20

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.” Good words. Meaningful words. Life-changing words. Applicable words. And words that are eternally true.

Let’s face it…we have too much stuff. When Joan and I moved to Indianapolis, we lived in the Sizemore house on the front of SHCC property. We pretended that we liked it. We had said that we always wanted to downsize. But when family came to visit, somebody had to sleep on the floor.

In 2012 we bought our home…oh my goodness did we ever have space. We have a three car garage. And in the beginning we could park our two cars in that garage. Six years later we find that we are once again we are crowded. We don’t have much room because our “stuff” has taken over.

In the garage that once would house two cars we now find…lawn mower, leaf blower, an edger, a large grill, and lots of yard tools and woodworking tools. We can’t even begin to think about getting a car in there. We have too much “stuff”.

I am not saying that the accumulation of stuff is necessarily wrong. But we must be very much aware of that fact that all of the stuff we possess will someday be gone. It is not eternal. So it becomes a matter of priority. We have never used our tithe and offering to buy any of the stuff we have. Our offering is always first. That money is invested in people. It is invested in something that will never wear out or rust out. It is invested in the ministry of the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. It is invested in heaven. Our goal is to leave a legacy that will continue to help bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

What kind of legacy will you leave? Are you investing and laying up treasure in heaven? What is the most important thing that can be said of you long after you have died and gone to heaven? I want people to say of me, “He laid up treasures in heaven!” What do you want them to say of you?

I IMAGINE my response to God today will be…

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