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07 January 2011

Defining Value pt.1

3:54 PM Posted by steve flores , 1 comment
[Matthew 6:19-21] I’m pretty simple-minded when it comes to the Bible, especially during the journey through the book of Matthew. I must confess. I’m not a theologian and don’t even claim to be one. Often times I rarely check out a commentary, so I’m sure there is someone out there who would take this passage and wow you with deeper meaning. Yet, I want to let you in on my thought process through this passage and how I’ve walked through the book last year.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal…

What is treasure?  Something valuable. 
I don’t like the words, “lay up,” so what could I use to help me understand this passage better?  Store, hoard, or keep – “Do not keep for myself what I consider valuable on earth...”
What is something I could make valuable on earth, worth keeping or storing?  Much of myself (pride), pursuit of selfish success, recognizable name, money, or just stuff (trendy clothes, trendy technology, etc).
What is the significance of, “moth/rust destroy” and “thieves break in and steal”? I get the picture something not lasting, temporary. What I highly regard as precious could be gone, within time or instantaneously. 

It reminds me of my senior year of high school. I bought an ‘87 Chevy Cavalier for $1,100 and spent about the same price on rims and a stereo system. I should have just spent that money on a better car!  Regardless, I had my newly installed stereo system boomin’ in the parking garage of a mall in San Antonio, TX. I set off car alarms with the bass and I’m sure every screw and bolt in my car was rattling loose too. Just before I ran into the department store to begin my work shift, I was boomin’ the system while looking for a parking spot; a way to show off my treasure. On my lunch break, I walked out to my car and discovered shattered glass scattered on the pavement and passenger seat. My heart sunk as I peered into my car and discovered the wires that used to be attached to my stereo dangling freely from my dashboard. The thief also helped himself (or herself) to my amplifier and EQ.  In a moment, it was gone. I was angry and hurt.

This memory connected me and now the scripture is becoming more personal.  Not only can I read the words, but I can feel its affect.

“…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Since I’ve already taken the time to discover the words and connect my heart, it’s this part of the scripture that is music to my ears. And, if there was a soundtrack playing in my brain while reading this part of the scripture, I imagine it like this: ominous, minor-chorded music would fade into major chords complete with birds chirping, harps, and applause!  Here’s the thought: So, if I keep/store my valuables in heaven they’ll last?! 

Is that what this passage is about?  If so, how do I store what I consider valuable in heaven?  Is it about what I consider valuable?  Is there another thing Jesus is getting at?