Among Moths and Thieves

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19)

Here we see the two problems with earthly treasure. Deterioration and loss.

Moths and rust destroy.

The word for destroy is “disfigure.”

There is a law at work in our world called the second law of thermodynamics. That simply means that complex structures are moving toward entropy or a more simple structure.

Paint a post and leave it in the field and it won’t turn into a fence. It will eventually biodegrade back to dirt. That law is working on your stuff.

Stuff ruins and breaks. Every single car I own has a check engine light on. I try to maintain them all but its either too expensive or too time consuming. For me that check engine light is a reminder not to treasure that truck. I love my truck. Its good reliable transportation. However, it won’t last forever. Therefore, I cannot treasure it.

Even my body deteriorates. The second law of thermodynamics is at work in me too. Entropy is turning my body to atrophy. Some day its going to wear out. It’s already started. When I bend over to pick up a toy I ask, “Is there anything else I can do while I’m down here.”

I can’t even treasure this body. I need to take care of it. Not neglect it. But I can’t treasure it.

Deterioration is a fact. In addition, it’s a problem with earthly treasure. Those things that will last come under a second problem. Loss.

Thieves break in and steal.

The expression “break through” meant to dig through. Picture is of thieves digging through the mud bricks to get at the treasures. Greek word for burglar was “mud-digger.”

What doesn’t wear out can also be taken from us. Therefore, we have to insure everything. It costs more to insure my stuff than it does to own it. The boy’s cars. In the two years Bill has been driving, his insurance is 1/3 the original cost of his car.

One of the problems with owning stuff is the price of protecting it from loss.

So to have lasting treasure you need to treasure something that lasts.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; (Matthew 6:20)

Heavenly treasure is Mothproof. Rustproof. Thief-proof.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Adventures Missions and Retreats says:

    Reblogged this on Adventures, Missions and Retreats and commented:
    “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19)


  2. Gary Gonzalez says:

    I remember one Saturday afternoon working on the church grounds in Houston with Bill. He asked me what i did for a living (build and install offshore oil and gas platforms). What happens to them when the wells are done for (they get real rusty and we eventually remove them and scrap them). The next day, I was part of the object lesson during the sermon. Good listening and good point Bill! Even though it pays my bills and feeds my family, the very best I can do in this world will eventually turn into junk. Everything except investing time and effort into showing Christ to others.


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