Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19)
I once heard a hilarious story. A man was walking past a bank where he had deposited all his money throughout his life. He believed so much in the security of the bank. As he walked by, he noticed a long queue in front of the bank; many youths were withdrawing money from the ATM Gallery.
As he watched them, he became furious; he brought out his ATM card and joined the queue. After withdrawing all he had, he did not have much. He took the money, went inside the bank, and shouted: “Please, I came to deposit my money so you can lock it up before those rascals take everything with ATM outside.”
We may want to call this man a “foolish” man, but the truth is that we are all like this man. We build houses with tall fences and electric barbed wires; we install CCTV cameras; we buy bulletproof cars; we hire soldiers to follow us; we do all these and still can’t sleep peacefully at night. We constantly worry about who will try to steal from us or how we should further protect ourselves.
If we want our goods secure, we must store them in heaven where thieves and robbers cannot break in and steal. How do we do this? Giving things away, helping people experiencing poverty and people in need around us.
If you take just one child from the street, feed them, educate them and give them a chance to become someone in life, you have taken that money to heaven. You will not benefit directly from this child, but whatever you spend on them will never be forgotten by God.
Let us pray: Almighty ever-living God, help me to worship you with what I have. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Bible Study: 2 Corinthians 11:18,21-30, Ps. 34:2-7, Matthew 6:19-23)*
@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu