Storage units.

Nancy is planning to move some work stuff from one storage space to another. That’s probably why she wanted me to talk about storage. Either that or she thinks it might help me reflect on doing some work in my office.

But the word took me to the words of Jesus: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

drawerI’ve not thought closely about those words for a while, considering what I would invest in that would bring the kind of returns Jesus is talking about. Because this feels a little like investment advice. Jesus is contrasting storing up treasure here, the kind that can be consumed, with the treasures of heaven which cannot be consumed.

And given that he just taught the disciples to ask that God’s kingdom would come on earth like it is in heaven, Jesus is talking about what we can do now that brings heavenly returns now as well as later.

So, if sacrificing relationship for the sake of acquiring money might be an example of earthly treasure, perhaps sacrificing money for the sake of relationship might be an example of heavenly treasure. (If we put that in the context of the command to love one another, it’s clearly an idea that’s consistent with the values of the kingdom of God.)

What can I pour my time into, my attention, my intention? What kinds of conversations bring heavenly returns? What kinds of forgiveness might bring restoration of what’s been eaten away? What could we do today that would be an investment in things that matter?

As we clear out the things that don’t.