Priorities: Live Wisely

In our passage this week, Jesus warns that we should, “store up for [ourselves] treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20). He gives us clear guidance on how to make choices in our lives. Yesterday we learned our choices come with consequences, some positive (blessings), some negative (curses). Since our choices make the difference between living a blessed life and a cursed life, we should make choices carefully. 

Truthfully, most people don’t think clearly about the choices they make. Many people just float through life making snap decisions without a great deal of thought, yet this does more harm than good. Our choices should be made with forward-thinking consideration. Let me suggest two points of perspective that might help: 

Make Choices Based on Integrity

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus calls us to follow the Word of God in our daily lives. To know God’s word may seem like an intimidating call, but let me suggest that knowing God’s word is the only way to ensure you are effectively following God’s way. As you study His word, trust the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts. Make choices based on what you learn. Go to God in prayer when you aren’t sure what is right. The Apostle James says it this way: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). 

Make Choices Based on Enternity

Finally, as you make decisions, consider the ultimate end game. Heaven in our final home. We are just passing through here on earth. Take your time to consider the eternal impact of your choices not only on your life, but on the lives of those around you. In what direction are you influencing those around you? Are you nudging them closer to an eternity with God in Heaven, or farther away from God towards eternal judgment? Ultimately, our treasure is in Heaven. We should keep an eternal perspective every time we make a decision here in our temporary home.