Women’s Devotion | June 2019
Do You Have Treasure or Trash?
Matthew 6:19-21 – “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.”
Have you ever watched the show Hoarders? When I have watched, I sit in shocked amazement at the mess in these homes and then I get sucked into watching a whole marathon. But I must admit, I feel pretty good about myself when they’re over. When I think of hoarding, I think of keeping a large amount of things that one doesn’t need…it might be junk, trash, or even garbage. Hoarders might not even know what they have because it’s buried underneath other objects. One common theme is that very few people know about the mess inside those homes. On the flip side of that, I used to do some couponing, so I would buy food or household items when they were on sale and sometimes I would even get them free. At times, it was a fun game to see how much money I could save. Each Christmas, I would go to my stash and almost instantly all my stocking stuffers were done at a significant savings. Family members knew that I always had extras of many things if they ran out. My stockpile served a purpose. I started to think about the difference in hoarders and stockpilers. Both acquire and keep large amounts of “stuff,” but they are both very different. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “stockpile” as: “A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, especially one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.”
I began to think about this concept in spiritual terms. Are you a hoarder or a stockpiler? In other words, what sort of treasures are you storing up? Ones that have purpose or ones that cause confusion and clutter? Are you storing up trash or treasure? You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you,” but I would like to add to that saying that, “You can’t take it with you, but you can leave it (something) here.” This is such an important concept for us to learn, no matter what age. Everything we are doing each day can have generational longevity.
What kinds of things do spiritual hoarders collect?
Galatians 5:19 – “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
We don’t like to think that this Scripture could be speaking to us because we as believers don’t do these things…do we? What about quarreling, jealousy, anger, idolatry, selfish ambition, dissension, or envy? Paul lists these sins along with sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, and sorcery. This tells me that I need to be aware that the things I do will affect not only my life now, but my future eternity and possibly the future of the people I influence. I envision this as a spiritual hoarder who is collecting junk…trash, maybe even garbage. And it doesn’t just affect the hoarder, but those around them.
What does a spiritual stockpiler collect?
Galatians 5:22 – “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
We, as believers, might call these things our stockpile or our treasure. To evaluate what treasure we are storing up, we must ask the question Jesus asks, “Where is your treasure?” He says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” There are a lot of things vying for your heart every day. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life.” The picture we get here is that the heart is a well from which all the issues of life flow out. Where is your treasure? Are you earthly-minded or heavenly-minded? Are you investing in the future or in the here and now? Is your attention on the temporary more than the permanent?
Are we willing to seek God to get His plan and give our all? As we collect our stockpile, the things we “store up,” do we keep in mind that God has a plan? Jeremiah 29:11 is a Scripture that everyone loves, and it is actually my favorite: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” The part we don’t get sometimes is that the plan is God’s plan, not our plan. His plan is not always our plan but His is always better – we just need to trust. So, as I am stockpiling (laying up treasures), I can use them when I’m depleted and hungry, at a time when I see someone else in need, and most importantly, I can use them for the future generations.
I would encourage us as women of God to store up faithfulness, worship, the Word, the spirit of giving, love, and a testimony, just to name a few. Most of all, the greatest treasure we can leave for generations to follow is a Father. Romans 8:15-17: “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, first I am so grateful to be called your daughter and to call you my Father. Help me to be more like You – to show those I love Your character, Your grace, and Your love. I know there are many things that I sometimes put in my treasure box that don’t have eternal value, but I ask You to help me empty out those things that are fleeting and fill my box with things that have eternal value. Help me Father to leave a true treasure for the next generation of women so they can leave a treasure for their next generation. Today, I give You my treasure box and I ask that You fill it with things of value. In the Holy Name of my Lord, Jesus Christ!
Frankie Powers is a wife, mother, grandmother, minister, and pastor’s wife. Frankie serves on staff for OneLife Church (a multi-site church in Knoxville, TN) as the Lead Pastor’s Assistant. She also works for a Pastor in Massachusetts and a Doctor in Arizona from her home office in South Georgia. For the past 3 years, Frankie and her husband, Byron, have been serving as the pastoral team at Compass Worship Center in Ludowici, GA. Frankie is a licensed minister in the Church of God and has shared the Word of God at churches, conferences, retreats, groups, and in her local congregation for the last 35 years. Frankie’s favorite thing to do is love on her grandbabies! She is passionate about Jesus Christ, her family, and the ministry of teaching and preaching the Word