By pastor Jeff,

Matthew 6:19-21, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

There are many different ideas on what your treasure is, some say our children are our greatest treasure, some say Jesus is our greatest treasure, and some say our salvation is our greatest treasure and really not any of these could considered wrong.

So what is one of if not our greatest treasure?

According to many surveys the average American works an average of 8.9 hours a day; we spend probably ½ or so getting ready for work and an average of 46 minutes a day in commuting every day. So that accounts for about 10 hours and 10 minutes associated with work every single day of the work week (more if you are on salary).

The average American sleeps 7.7 hours per day, some more, some less, so that pushes us to close to 18 hours a day already used up or about ¾.

Then we have to eat and drink to reenergize our bodies, we spend some 34 minutes preparing and for cleanup a day and a little more than one hour per day consuming food and beverages. So now we are a little under 20 hours per day.

It’s said the average person watches TV 2 hours and 36 minutes a day and 2 more hours is spent on social media with Pinterest being the most used. Well according to my calculations that puts us at or slightly over our 24 hour day. No wonder we are tired and frustrated with life.

So has the devils scheme worked? Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” Would you agree?

We spend so much time trying to compete and fulfill the American dream, that we don’t have much time to enjoy it.

We continually see our paycheck dwindle from the ever increasing taxes, food prices, housing and so on. It’s interesting to see that we had more buying power 40 years ago when the average wage was $4.03 per hour that we have today at $20.67 per hour.

We are not saying you shouldn’t work but maybe we need to relook at our priorities, for our time is being stolen from us and once it is gone, you can never get it back. Psalms 89:47, “Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?”

Time is one of our greatest treasures and we need to never forget that it is a gift from God to be used as best as we can.

Time was always very important to me and I will be the first to admit that I did not like sharing it with anyone. I guess you can say I was not much a people person, people were selfish, mean, demanding of time and MY resources in time as well as money. When I really felt the call into the ministry, at first I thought man this will be awesome, you know, I get up on a Sunday morning, preach a life changing message, people would repent and get saved, pat me on the back and that would be it until the next Sunday.

But then I began to realize that that was not all it was going to be, and I began to have a change of heart a little bit. You mean people would need me to spend time counseling with them? Didn’t you hear my message about giving it all to Jesus? What do you mean you are having trouble with your children, your marriage, and your faith?

This was going to mean that it will cost me my most precious treasure “time”, but this is the treasure that will reap eternal rewards, “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Our greatest treasure is time, we need to invest it not in things, things that rust away, things that moths will devour, things that we have to put cameras all around our house to try and prevent thieves coming to steal so let’s become wise to the enemy of our souls desire to waste it on things that have no eternal reward, let’s try to spend more time with family, friends, and of course Jesus Christ and His precious word.

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