Treasures in Heaven
Devotional by: Cadet Josh Ivany
Do not store up for
yourselves treasures on
earth, where moth and
rust destroy, and where
thieves break in and
But store up for
yourselves treasures in
heaven where moth and
rust do not destroy, and
where thieves do not
break in and steal. For
where your treasure is,
your heart will be there
Our earthly treasures or possessions do not define
who we are!
Many people feel that their identity is found in the clothes that
they wear, the car that they drive, or their earthly treasures.
1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
belonging to God.”
We live in a society where
we are told that we need to
accumulate MORE and
BIGGER and BETTER things
and that if we do so, we will
find true happiness.
These possessions or toys might make us happy
for a while but it’s only temporary.
The media wants us to be constantly
unsatisfied and by sticking to this strategy, it
leaves the consumer wanting more and
wanting better versions of what they already
It’s getting out of control and it’s almost
comical to see how much junk is being sold to
the public. Click the 2 video links below for
examples of people trying to convince us that
we need to own their ridiculous products.
ALL OF OUR EARTHLY TREASURES ONLY GIVE
US TEMPORARY HAPPINESS.
Jesus tells us to store up treasures in
What does that look like?
In my opinion, it’s building the
Kingdom of God.
Ultimately, to be like
I believe that a huge part of being like Jesus is
loving and caring for the poor, the sick, the
distressed, the helpless, and the lonely.
It can be so easy to love and care for
our family and friends but I really
believe that God is challenging us to
love the unlovable. He wants us to
show kindness, grace and mercy to
those who need it the most.
“Of all of the diseases I have
known, loneliness is the
worst. I have come to realize
more and more that the
greatest disease and the
greatest suffering is to be
unwanted, unloved, uncared
for, to be shunned by
everybody and essentially be
nobody to no one.”
Mother Theresa saw people die from virtually every kind of affliction
known. In the hospitals, she treated people suffering from a host of
terrible maladies. Mother Theresa was asked, “What is the worst
disease that you have ever seen?” Her reply?
Do you know anybody like that?
There are practical things that we can do in our everyday lives to love
and care for lonely and broken people.