I’m reading an anthology of George MacDonald collected and published by CS Lewis. There are 365 selected quotes and life and following Jesus. One for every day of the year. I have read 22 so far and each one I think “I should share this” but I’m reading them late at night and I am a tired and lazy man.
Tonight’s reading is about how our hearts are affected by our treasures how they become like our treasures.
I have seen folks that are storing up earthly treasures and they seem on the surface to be successfully gathering, all the while winning favor with everyone and basically having it all. Feeding their flesh and their fantasies and all the while carrying the respect and admiration of all around them. As I watch and if i watch long enough, most every one of these people implode, or explode, or in some other fashion self destruct. It seems like something eats them from the inside out and no matter how many coats of sweet sugary varnish they apply over their life, eventually it all crumbles to the ground.
George MacDonald must’ve seen this in his day too. (1824-1905) Here is what he said :
“What is with a treasure must fare as the treasure…the heart which haunts the treasure house where the moth and rust corrupt, will be exposed to the same ravages as the treasure… Many a man, many a woman, fair and flourishing to see, is going about with a rusty moth-eaten heart within that form of strength or beauty. “But this is only a figure.” True. But is the reality intended, less or more than the figure?”
What eats our treasure will eat us.
19 ‘“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 – NIV
Where is your treasure? That’s where you will find your heart as well. Jesus can renew and replace our rusty moth-eaten hearts if we ask him to.
How is your heart today?
I also must ask myself, how is my heart today?