"Don't store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value, and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven your heart will be there too."
Matthew 6: 19-21 (TLB)
Shital Sherri Macwan lives in New York. Shital and her family emigrated from India to the United States in the early 1980s. Just like that, bags were packed and good-byes were said as her parents, two sisters, and Shital headed to their new country. Being from a faithful Christian family, they knew it was essential that they pack the family Bible to take with them.
During those first months in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, Shital remembers their nightly custom of her father reading from the Gujarati Bible and then praying together as a family.
Recently she came across the family Bible, and she noticed that it had fallen apart. The leather cover had peeled off, and the dried-up binding could not hold the pages together. The physical book did not withstand the test of time, but the living word of God is eternal. Physical things, objects, and humans deteriorate with time. In the timeless words of the Bible, God gives us renewal and freshness and promises us the gift of eternal life. If we keep God's words in our heart, they will never fade. Therein lies the true treasure.
Prayer: Eternal God, thank you for showing us that while treasures on earth fade with time, treasures in heaven will last an eternity. Thank you for giving us the greatest treasure in Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, for it is in his name that we pray, amen.