TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
“where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,”
Matthew 6:19 ESV
CHASING MORE: SECURITY BREACH
In Colorado Springs a guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all the cash from the register. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but he refused and said, “Because I don’t believe you are over 21.” The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because he didn’t believe him. At this point the robber took his driver’s license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over, and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and he put the scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two hours later. Let’s just say some robbers are a little smarter than others.
It would be just as foolish for us to knowingly invite a robber into our home and allow him to steal our things. Jesus taught, in Matthew 6, when we place our sense of security in the things that we accumulate, those things will eventually rob us of the security we thought they would provide.
Can you remember seeing a child lose a balloon into the sky? Often, in that moment, that balloon is everything to the child. But we know the balloon doesn’t have much value and wasn’t going to last that long anyway. The reality is that we can view our material possessions the same way a child views a balloon. The balloon isn’t a bad thing and neither are material possessions. But God knows, ultimately, those material possessions won’t last forever and don’t have eternal value.
What material possession do you have that you most value? How would you feel if it was taken away? How do you think God feels about that possession? Ask God how He wants to use your “balloon” for His glory and eternal investing.