“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Matthew 6:19-21, NLT
We often think of inheritance as monetary. What are we going to leave behind for the next generation coming up under us? How will people respond to the legacy we’ve left behind? How will we be able to enrich and impact people after we’ve left this earth?
But perhaps even more important than the physical treasures we leave behind is our attitude we had towards those treasures while we were here. You’re writing a story with your words and with your actions right now. What does it say?
We know we can’t take our money with us. We also know how easy it is to fall into the false belief that having money stored up means we will be secure while we are here. But is this false security worth more to us than our legacy? Do we want to be the person that took God-directed risks with our money, investing in the things of this world that will produce fruit for His Kingdom? Or do we want to be the person who dug a hole in the ground or stuffed our mattress with money just in case the myriad of “what ifs” come into play?
Do we want to be known as a person who trusted God and gave freely or the person who was always seemingly prepared for the worst disaster? Do we want to be known as someone who prioritized people or prioritized things? Do we want to be seen as a person of peace or a person of worry?
What story are you currently writing with your attitude towards your tangible wealth? How will this influence what you will be known for?
What do you want your legacy to be?
Jesus, show me where I have stored up my treasure. Help me to release it to You so that You might help me to leave a powerful legacy that reflects who You are. Amen.
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