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.'
(Church in Wales Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)
I have been waiting for over a year to have some work done on my bungalow, part of which involves taking out wall insulation because it has breached the cavity and caused damp. The project manager has been appointed, but sorting out tradespeople at present seems a problem. So clothing in cupboards can emerge smelling damp and mouldy. Then of course there are the moths - tell me about these pesky creatures!
This year around our world, we have all seen the destruction caused to homes by floods or by fire. Even worse, of course, are those loved ones that we have lost to Covid-19. It has been a bruising year, and few of us have escaped everything.
Jesus reminds us that there is nothing certain in life, and when we put all our eggs in one basket, as it were, disaster can occur. Can we be honest with ourselves - can we acknowledge where we put all our 'treasure' - where do we put all our hopes and dreams, for instance? What place does God have in all of this, and surely He might be worth investing in!
when we find ourselves
busy in day-to-day things,
help us to lift our eyes
from earthly concerns
and to remember that You are there
offering not temporal treasure
but eternal treasure.