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What Matters Most
by Danny Boggs

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).  Jesus combines command, warning, insight, and promise into these two sentences.  We need all of it, and we need it right now! 

Why do debt ceiling deliberations, Standard and Poor, and Wall Street dominate the news?  Because the things we treasure are tied up in the big financial knot.  Today our moths are more than destructive insects, our rust is not just an orange buildup or breakdown, and pilfering bad guys are not the only thieves.  We worry over things that are not material—rates, ratings, indexes, etc.—but that have more effect than ever on material things.

Life would be different if we would take Jesus at His word.  Heaven is unaffected by the cares and concerns that rule our thinking.  If we would invest ourselves in things eternal, things that do not last would come last on our lists.  Jesus assures, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (material necessities) will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

What if our economy begins to thrive like never before?  What if you personally find financial prosperity like you have never known?  Then what?  Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

You would never know it by the evening news, but your eternal soul matters most.