We have a screen room off the side of our garage in the back yard. It’s great for storing stuff, but without windows it’s problematic for things that can’t get wet. As a result, we store those kinds of items (bikes, lawn mower, tools, etc.) in the garage. This leaves no room for the car of course, which is fine for most of the year.
With the arrival of winter, however, we like to have that space to keep at least one of the vehicles free from snow. So each year I wrap the patio in heavy plastic to keep the weather out, but it’s a never-ending battle with the wind to keep the plastic in place sometimes. One year the plastic came down in a big storm and snow got all over some bikes, leaving rusty, stiff chains in its wake.
Jesus warns us of the temporary nature of the physical things in this world in Matthew 6 under the heading “Lay Up Treasures in Heaven”. He says:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20
He goes on to say that where we put our treasures will actually determine where our heart goes, and that we cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve both God and money. It’s tempting to stop the story here—and our Bibles often encourage us to do just that! Frequently, you’ll find a new heading at verse 25, but that’s not how the story was meant to end. This is actually part of a longer sermon that Jesus preached.
If we stop with verse 24, we are left feeling convicted. If we’re honest, we have indeed tried to serve two masters, and too often we serve only the wrong one. But read on and you’ll hear God’s loving reminder that He provides all that is needed for the birds and flowers—and that He will do the same for you because you are worth more than birds and lilies. He invites us to seek and serve Him first, and all those other things will follow, because He is the source of all those earthly blessings!