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Online Bible Verses - Matthew Chapter 6: You Can't Take it with You

Updated on May 10, 2012

“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 6:19-21NIV

What one possesses on earth may be of great temporal value, but will retain none for eternity.

We see people striving to obtain, advance and achieve, not entirely a bad thing. In an effort to do well, however, we can lose perspective on what really counts, what will truly retain value.

Perhaps an appropriate question to ask ourselves: “Where will I be in 1000 years, if anywhere?” Lots of different answers/philosophies exist: Salvation, Reincarnation, Annihilation………… etc. There could be an ending scenario which extends out for a long, long time. Today’s verse speaks to a wonderful retirement home of sorts. See here that John 14:2 complements Matthew 6:19-21 nicely:

“In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

So Christ speaks of a place already prepared. He has, apparently, done some planning of His own for us. Seems the room is built, bought and paid for, and waiting for us to show up. We have a complimentary pass, all we have to do is use it.

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