Life is speeding by at an incredible pace, isn’t it? It seems like it was just a little while ago I was a skinny kid of 13 years of age, dreaming of turning 18 and entering adulthood. The Vietnam War was winding down, and despite my desire to enlist, Uncle Sam didn’t appreciate the fact that I had already run afoul of the law and had sent me back home from the enlistment center before I could join up.

That was 48 years ago, and like most of you reading this, I could never have imagined the twists and turns my life would take over those nearly five decades. Marriage, divorce, job changes, children born, homes bought and sold, called into the ministry….

Like everyone else I knew I was caught up in this whirlwind we call LIFE. Working two jobs for quite a while, the pace of life seemed to fly by even faster and I found it difficult to follow the command of Jesus about storing up treasure in heaven instead of here on earth.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 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. Matthew 6:19-21 NASB

Yet “storing up treasures on earth” was exactly what I was doing. I didn’t know any other way. How else was one supposed to get ahead in life? Working 12 to 15 hour days back then seemed very normal. It wasn’t until I was older that I finally began to understand what James meant about our lives being so short.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away“. James 4:14 NASB

“Just a vapor”. In the really big picture, no matter how many years one lived it was all just a vapor when compared to eternity. As a young man, I would look at people in their 80’s and 90’s and think about how long that was. Yet even that is a vapor when you really think about it.

I guess that is why the Bible refers to God’s children as Pilgrims. We’re always longing for something better. We’re always on the move seeking what’s next. Like the Pilgrims who came to America in search of a better life, we too understand that this world is not our home. We may have taken up a temporary residence, but this is not home.

Home is Heaven. Home is where God resides. Home is the place of where Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you“. John 14:2 KJV

Home is where our treasure is, if in fact we laying up treasure in Heaven. Anything else is all for naught because it is all going to rust and decay eventually.

I hope that last sentence resonates with you. I hope it causes you to stop for a moment and think about how temporary everything is here on earth.

Our nation is crumbling before our eyes, and like every nation before it that has rejected God, ours too will implode and be reduced to a shell of its former glory. It is inevitable, and as much as it hurts to say it, we have chosen our course.

At such a time as this, I can’t think of a better question to leave you with than where is YOUR treasure?

Have a blessed day Pilgrim,

Ron