July 17, 2010
(Jesus said) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." Matthew 6:19
A number of years ago on the main business street of Yokohama, Japan, there was an antique store that had this sign in the window:
THE WEALTH THAT CANNOT PERISH WITH TIME. PUT YOUR MONEY INTO ANTIQUES.
The sign was still there even after the shop had closed.
The problem? A giant earthquake hit the city leaving the shop, with all its shelved treasures, in total ruins and rubbish.
I wonder how many people are investing their lives into all kinds of items they think will bring lasting pleasure and security.
The number is a large one, I think.
I know a few who place all their confidence in their bank accounts and the stability of their jobs. Others invest everything into their families and friends. Sadly, the unpredictable earthquakes of life often destroy these things, just as they can smash the antiques of a Yokohama antique store.
Far better for such people to put their trust in the Lord Jesus. If an individual really wants wealth that doesn't perish with time, they need to put themselves, their confidence, their future, and their faith into the nail-pierced hands of the Savior.
Those who do so will someday find their trust blessed and well rewarded.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the things of this world make many promises which they can't keep. Only Jesus the Savior, through His redemption of sinful souls, has given us that which is needful: forgiveness and salvation. That is the one treasure that will last eternally. For giving me that treasure, today I give thanks. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries