By Reverend Wayne Pick
Trinity Lutheran Church, Grant
“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 6:20, 21.
A story is told of a lady, an amateur “antiquer,” who found a beautiful old piano. Built in 1901, it was mahogany with stunning carvings across the front. She bought the treasure and took it home to be tuned.
A few moments of work had the specialist explaining that the piano had been “doped.” The wood holding the tuning pegs had dried out and wouldn’t keep the strings taut.
Someone had doped the insides of the instruments with antifreeze and water. The specialist concluded, “Sometimes doping a piano will add years of life. In the case of your piano, doping destroyed it.”
The livid lady had the piano hauled out to the curb with a sign: “Free–500 pounds of firewood.”
That sort of thing happens to a great many people. The things they trust the most often prove to be tarnished and trashed, which leads me to ask, “Is your treasure trash?”
Some people place their security in homes. Homes can be flawed by shoddy workmanship. Some people place their security in wealth. Too many people have lost a great deal in the roller coaster ride of the stock market.
Some people place their security in their job. Like me, you probably know many people whose jobs have disappeared. Some people place their trust in themselves, their health, their resourcefulness, their independence.
The human body and mind and medical and technical sciences cannot defeat disease, age and death.
All too often our temporal treasures, seemingly valuable and lasting, are in actuality cheap and temporary. They fail to deliver their boasts and promises of happiness.
Let me suggest that the treasure all of us should want is one that keeps its integrity–it never rusts or turns to ashes–it cannot be devalued, diminished, or reduced.
Our true treasure is something we can trust and treasure for time and through eternity. There is only one Treasure, and that is the sinless Son of God.
Born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, every moment of His life was lived for the express purpose of saving you.
Over the centuries He has shown that when He makes a promise, He keeps it. If He says he will be with us in difficult times, we can be sure He will be there.
If He commits Himself to hearing and helping us, we can be positive His promise will be kept. Truly, Jesus Christ is our one great Treasure, which we will never have to trash.