Along Life's Road

Be careful of your treasure collecting

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. 

– Mathew 6:20-21

The word of the Lord for the people of God.

We are admonished not to add nor take away from the written Word, but as my writings go, I draw from the Word to be relevant with this present age, and in view of what is happening in this fast-paced, ever-changing world and the yearning to collect and store material and financial possessions – treasures which in are later disposed of by way of garage and patio sales after the death of loved ones.

I have written about the experience of my sister Fanny, who while cycling through her neighborhood, was drawn to a yard sale. She told me that among the items sprawling on the lawn of a beautiful mansion, was a medical degree from the University of Michigan in an attractive gilded frame. The price attached was $3. It was treasured by the deceased doctor and revered by his patients, but not by whomever put it in the sale.

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

I recall times I pass homes and business establishments of people who are no longer pilgrims on life’s highway. Many of them sadly tell the story of desolation and neglect as compared how the property was kept during the person’s lifetime – broken windows and doors, roofs caving in, manicured lawns now a place for garbage and overgrown bush. The sign “private property, keep out, beware of bad dog” still hangs, but the gate lies open!

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

Some years ago, I was called to a home in an upscale subdivision where a relative had died. She was a wonderful person, intelligent and was not bare of holdings in land and kind. What struck me as I saw her lying on her bed, was how her dresser was filled with the most-costly collection of perfumes. As the undertaker came to remove her body and carry her downstairs, I said to myself as I looked at the perfumes, “You mean she is not even going to take just one bottle of perfume with her.” Wow!

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

There are many people who after sacrifice from their parents and others saw them through colleges and universities, who when they became financially stable and socially savvy, forgot the sacrifices made for them to get them to where they are; and mama and papa and friends have to the back door so as not to walk on the expensive Persian rug!

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

Apart from COVID-19, there is a pandemic that has never left us as human beings, and it is the pandemic of ingratitude, the symptoms of which are clearly seen and deeply felt. Hoarding and canning all they can. They display no love of giving, sharing and caring. They have the “all-for-me syndrome” and no one else. And many people hold true to the adage, “Of all my mother’s children I love myself the best, and when I get my belly full, I don’t care about the rest.” This saying has stayed with them in all their dealings and transactions.

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

Many people are leery of making a will because they fear the thought of divesting their earthly accumulated treasures, knowing that it is their treasure but to another it is only trash.

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

Surely, we have been biblically afforded goodly and godly wishes of good health and prosperity, but not to the extent of extreme selfishness.

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

I admire members of some faith-based churches, who on their demise leave earthly goods and possessions and finances to the church for the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I admire members of some faith-based churches who support the man of God other than at anniversary time. There should not be a time when the man or woman of God is to beg for survival. The seed of the righteous is not to beg for bread.

Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

Today the Word of God is not for hearers only, but doers. Be careful of laying up for yourselves earthly treasures.

 • E-mail haystreet241@gmail.com or rubyanndarling@yahoo.com. Write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas, with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God’s blessings.

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