February 22, 2024     3:40 pm
324. Week of Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth
          Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.   Mathew 6:19-21
          Treasures upon earth are extremely perishable and uncertain. Moths corrupt costly garments. Mould and rust destroy palaces. Thieves, especially those great thieves called financiers and money-lenders, devise very shrewd plans to get other people's money and goods. Moreover, your life on this earth, O Christian, is very short and always uncertain. Treasures in heaven are absolutely imperishable and certain. Jesus' blood and righteousness, the glorious dress wherein you may stand before God, is always new and good. The mansions in the Father's house, where Jesus has prepared a place for us, stand firm forever. The things God has placed to your credit are unquestionably safe, and no one can take them from you. Moreover, your life in heaven, O Christian, is eternal. O Christian, hear what your Saviour says! Seek not, nor lay up, treasures upon earth, but seek and lay up treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. If you consider earthly things desirable treasures, your heart will be earthly-minded, and saving faith will die within you. If you consider heavenly things treasures to be desired, your heart will be heavenly-minded, and saving faith will gain more and more strength. Now choose, my dear Christian where you will lay up treasures.
          PRAYER: - I will lay up treasures in heaven, Lord Jesus! I will lay up those treasures which You by grace already have given to me and always will do so. O Lord Jesus, open my eyes by Your Holy Spirit, that I may know that which is of true value, and desire the eternal treasures of Your grace! And rid me, O Jesus, of the earthly-mindedness of my depraved and benighted flesh! Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
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