Yesterday’s message at church centered around these familiar verses in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Pastor Brandon asked an insightful question: “What if that ‘treasure’ were people? What if you ‘treasured’ people like God treasures people? What if you asked God to allow you to see people as He sees people and have a heart like His for the people He created? How different would this world be?”
Now that’s not an exact quote, but it’s pretty darn close. He brought up the example of Mother Teresa, who, when she ministered to the uber-poor and the uber-sick on the streets of Calcutta, believed she was literally ministering to Jesus himself. You remember His words, “Whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me” (Matt 25:40)? She took that literally.
But what if we looked at and valued people like that, especially those that our society doesn’t value or takes for granted? How would the world be different if we REALLY showed those people that they were valuable, folks that we see every week and don’t give them another thought: newspaper carriers, mail carriers, trash collectors, waitresses or sales clerks. What if we demonstrated that we value them and God values them? How different would this week be?
Our “Soul Training” exercise this week is to de-accumulate — to give away some of our worldly things, things that won’t last. But I think I’m going to add to that by investing in eternal things this week, like people.