Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." Matthew 6:19-24
We spent yesterday traveling by car from Helena to Billings and back. The beauty of the landscape is astounding and around each turn the sky and the mountains reveal new treasures to the eye and senses. The rivers converge and disperse, the road turning and climbing, and we stared out the windows in awe and amazement. After a while you wonder if you can take it all in. The treasures and beauty of the created world are endless and it is hard to imagine the wondrous and endless gifts of the Creator.
Jesus continues to talk about living a humble and simple life. He suggests we put a premium on heavenly treasure and spiritual gifts - like compassion, forgiveness, service and humility. He reminds us that the commodities of this earth and our possessions do not last, but the heavenly one are eternal. God invites us today to put a premium on the lasting gifts so that we might daily enjoy the love and beauty that is before us.
Today I ask God to help me live with humility and compassion. May everything we so be in service to our neighbor and to God who brought us this far, and who promises to bring us home. May we prize love and be humble in all that we do today.