“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:20-21
There was a time in my life that I didn’t care what people thought about me, I would call them out on stupid things they would say and just overall be mean to them. I had an attitude of “leave me alone.” I was not a happy person. All I cared about was me and what I was going to do.
Several things changed my mind about being that way to people. One thing was I started listening to Jesus. I started to realize He was seeking a relationship with me even though I didn’t care about Him. I started seeking out a church and found one. I went to the pastor there and asked him to pray with me about forgiveness and other things that were going on in my life at the time. God gave me complete forgiveness and I haven’t been the same since. Thank you, Jesus.
I remember during this time of transformation, my step mom walked by me at the entrance of our local mall and didn’t recognize me. It freaked me out at first because I saw her frequently. Forgiveness had actually changed my physical countenance to the point where she didn’t know it was me.
My heart reaches out for people these days; I want to spend time with every one of them. Everyone has a story to tell and everyone likes to talk about themselves. God changed me into a people person. I never saw that coming. One day this verse came to me about storing your treasures in heaven. I wondered what treasures? Then it came to me about people going to heaven. People are precious, so precious in fact, Jesus died for people. He didn’t die for angels or animals, but for people.
This changed everything for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy to love most people or all people, but what God has done through me is to remind me faith takes a second look. At first it appears someone is being rude or selfish, but look again and you may see something completely different. That is where I am today. It’s not always easy, but wait on the Lord and He will open an opportunity to love them. He gives us opportunity to pray for them, intervene for them and even serve them.
They may not even know I love them with the love of Jesus, but that’s okay, that’s not the reason I am doing it. The reason is far reaching, more eternal. I am storing my treasures/people in heaven. God is love and his type of love is unconditional.
Written by Tracey