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22 September, 2017

Daily Devotional

By The Jesus Bible


The writer of this psalm likely encountered many beautiful and impressive things while serving in the temple. Yet the confession of his heart was that God in heaven was his greatest treasure. Nothing on earth could compete with the glories of God. Nothing stirred his affections like the Sovereign Lord.

Jesus taught people to pull back from pursuing the treasures of earth — to stop storing them away for status and security. Money and possessions are temporary bits of wealth, and all of it can be stolen or ruined (Mt 6:19). As the psalmist’s greatest prize was in heaven, so Jesus encouraged his listeners to invest in things that would last forever (Mt 6:20). On another occasion, Jesus used a parable to compare the kingdom of heaven to a treasure hidden in a field. “When a man found it, he . . . sold all he had and bought that field” (Mt 13:44).

Life on earth features many luxuries and objects of worth. Jesus teaches people to resist the temptation to chase after things that will not last. Rather, those who believe in Jesus should spend their years investing in their relationship with God and the people he loves — dispensing grace, making disciples and loving unconditionally. These treasures of heaven will endure forever and bring much glory to God.

Jesus, I live in a world obsessed with money and wealth. Protect me from these distractions, and help me to invest my energies where they matter: in you. Amen.

Psalms 73:25-26

Chapter 73
25 Whom do I have in heaven? There is no one on earth whom I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Matthew 6:19-20

Chapter 6
19 “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;

Matthew 13:44

Chapter 13
44 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.


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