Erin Keenright

Loving God, Loving Others, and Loving Yourself

The Haves and the Have Nots

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

Nothing on this earth, in this world is permanent. Good, bad or indifferent…it’s all temporary – only for a season. When I earnestly think on those words, it strikes two chords with me. One is that with the good things like my daughter being 8 or my husband and I being married for 14 years…those things will never return. Before I know it, it will be gone in a flash. That is one of the biggest reasons we should make the most of our time we have been given with our loved ones.

As for the bad times…only here for a season…of difficulty with disease, conflict, and tragedy. These events are not forever. At the time, it may seem like an eternity due to the pain that can be associated with difficult situations. The good news: it’s not. Why, then, should we dwell in that dark place? It’s only temporary and does not deserve my time or energy.

Instead, the Bible tells us to “store up our treasures in Heaven”, which is permanent. These treasures will have lasting effects long after we’re gone. There will be evidence in Heaven but more importantly, evidence here on earth.

What exactly are those things? What is deserving of our time and energy? I believe living out a faith that produces the fruits of the Spirit – that’s what will last and what we will be rewarded for in Heaven.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Thankfully, we do not have to show or express these attributes on our own or in our own efforts. These are the fruits (or product) of the Holy Spirit. We need God to bless us with these “products” of His Spirit…a part of Himself. He has to be the one and only source. Jobs can’t produce, people cannot, and “things (stuff)” cannot, and, mercifully, situations cannot either.

This is what’s often referred to as having a Kingdom mind. Your mind is set on what is important in Heaven and you make it important here on earth. That mindset will also take us out of the “if onlys”, the “I should haves”…looking ahead to what lays before us knowing, according to God’s clock, we are here today and gone tomorrow. In the wise words of Paul, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14.

So, let’s make the most of our time here, quit dwelling on the negative after it has come and gone, and rely on our Heavenly Father to give us what we need when we need it. He knows better than we know ourselves…we just need to trust Him and He will give us that “Kingdom mind”.

1 Comment

  1. Great insight. God provides for us what we need. Not what we want.

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