Aisles of cards
….and shelves of collectables. Shelves of things that have no other purpose than to look nice in someone’s home. Now don’t get me wrong, as an artist I value beauty, and as is obvious this spring in Upstate South Carolina, so does God. But what is there in that store that I can keep forever?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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
For various reasons that couldn’t be helped we have moved four times in the last six years. We just moved again in January. I was so happy and relieved to empty that last box, to hang that last painting, to haul away that last bag to Goodwill. We are “settled” now, at least for a time. But we will not live in this house forever. We are both children of God, and one day we will go to live in our forever home in Heaven. When that happens I will not ever have to move again, Praise God!
I can’t move any of my physical “stuff” to Heaven, but this scripture tells me that I can store treasures there. I don’t want to move into an empty heavenly cottage. So I want to make sure I am packing boxes full of things that are eternal.
What is so precious here that it will last forever?
Here are a few things I know I for sure:
Love: Open, sweet, sacrificial, unconditional love is something we can take to Heaven. There are a million ways we can love others here. Our actions, our words, our prayers, even the smallest things that help others know they are precious, are the things that last forever. It is my prayer that I will love enough in this lifetime to completely furnish my little heavenly cottage with love.
Words: Most especially, God’s words. God tells us that, The grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8) When we tuck God’s word in our hearts it stays there forever. When we speak His word to a friend or a child it reverberates in the heavens forever. When we write his word in our journals, in a letter, in an e-mail or on a blog there is something forever that happens. All words are powerful. God’s Word is forever. It is my prayer that I will speak and write and do enough of God’s word in this world that my heavenly cottage will be full of the music of forever words.
People: By sharing Christ with the people around us we can be a part of them going to Heaven forever. Imagine! being a part of changing a person’s destiny forever! It is my prayer that somehow I can touch enough people for Christ that I will have to have a doorman for my heavenly cottage because there will be just tons of people constantly dropping by to say “Hey, remember when you touched me forever.”
There may be more eternal things I can store in Heaven…I will think on that for a while. In the meantime I’m going to do the best I can to pack up what I know will last forever.