"Treasures in Heaven..."

In today's Gospel, Jesus talks about not storing our treasures here on earth, but to store them up for heaven.

Mt 6:19-23
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

During Fr. Stefan's homily this morning, he challenged us to think about what our "true loves" or "treasures" were. If we are distracted by something in prayer, might it be that that is what is taking up our time and attention and not what God desires for us? What consumes us in our daily lives, Christ and His work or things, business, and other distractions from what our purpose truly is? Have we focused on the "light" on Christ and what his plans are for us? Have we listened and obeyed Him or told Him of our "better plan"? I am a very stubborn woman and many times I find myself informing God, oh so humbly, that maybe He ought to pay attention to my plans, because surely they are better. Right?

Not so much...I must always remember that God is God and I am not. He sees everything and I, clouded by sin and pride, see only what I wish. Thank goodness He loves me and is patient with me to allow me to repent and come to Him. To show Him that to follow Him is to store up my treasure for Heaven. There is nothing on this earth that will ever be worth more than the love of my Savior. That treasure I desire is an eternity with Christ, the biggest prize of all and the only one worth fighting for.
"God is God" written and sung by Steven Curtis Chapman