9. a. Money, works of art, purses, shoes, dolls, toys, antiques, vintage cars, stamps, coins, old bottles, quilts, books, movies, music…
pets and pests
a child with scissors and a green marker
become worthless due to lack of interest or bad economic conditions
b. Souls saved, love shared, encouraging others, seeking God with all our heart,
c. Psalm 119:72—God’s words coming from our mouth—It made me think of this verse regarding “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 NIV (Italics added)
Luke 12:15-21—We should be rich in the things of God rather than worldly goods. It made me think of all the storage facilities popping up everywhere—the modern day version of building bigger barns. Still, many do move to larger houses, build detached garages and sheds, fill their basements and attics, etc.
1 Corinthians 2:9—We will be astounded beyond our wildest imagination with what God has prepared for those who love Him.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18—Paul compares and contrasts our current and future situation.
seen vs unseen
light troubles vs weighty glory
temporary vs eternal
light in weight vs far beyond any measurement we can imagine
Philippians 3:8—In this verse, Paul contrasts ALL other things he has lost or given up with the infinite worth of knowing Jesus as his Lord and Savior. By comparison, earthly things are worthless, rubbish, dung, filth, garbage, or refuse. Paul may not have meant earthly possessions or money per se. He may have meant his education, status as a Roman citizen, his importance as an apostle, his spiritual gifts, his revelation of God, etc.
1 Peter 1:4-5—The inheritance God has reserved for us in heaven isn’t perishable or vulnerable in the same way an earthly inheritance or treasure is.
10. a. One of the main things I see today are huge closets overflowing with clothing, expensive purses, and shoes. Even small children have dozens of outfits. It isn’t exactly “treasure” since clothing wears out quickly as well as out of style. We have to wear clothing, but the desire to own more than we need—and often more than we can afford—indicates a heart with wrong motives.
Large collections of music and the latest electronic gadgets are also popular. Other types of entertainment such as eating out, movies, etc. also rate high on the list of priorities.
For others, their automobile is their treasure.
b. An interesting question and a good one to pause and think about.
My short answer is that my life is in transition. My paternal grandparents were into collecting all sorts of vintage things. Their collections were fascinating to me. Through the years, my grandmother gave all of us items.
After they both passed away, my dad started bringing boxes of their treasures to my house. Now he’s moved in along with their remaining things as well as his own.
I now face the dilemma of dealing with it. He is still attached, and to some degree, so am I. Rather than owning all that stuff, it feels more like it owns us. I long for simplicity.
I have a number of people dependent on my help on a day-to-day basis. They are my current calling, in addition to writing. Anything else I have to deal with is clutter.
Right now, I just have to take it one day at a time.
c. My motives and desires have been changing for several years now. When God called me to do some of the things I’m now doing, I didn’t know what to do nor where to begin. The first thing that had to change was my heart. My dreams are gradually giving way to His dreams. Even though I still—as recently as this afternoon—moan and complain occasionally, I must admit, my life has never been more fulfilling.
11. Several other Bible versions render “healthy” as “single”. I’m thinking it means our eyes should be focused on seeking and pleasing God rather than focused on the things of earth and pleasing man.