Carol Round on Is Your Treasure in Heaven?

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me”—Matthew 19:21 (ESV).

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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Have you ever wondered where this idiom originated? According to the English Language and Usage website, the earliest example is found in Hector Urquhart’s introduction to 1860’s “Popular Tales of the West Highlands.”

The intro reads: “Practical men may despise the tales, earnest men condemn them as lies, some even consider them wicked; one refused to write any more for a whole estate; my best friend says they are all ‘blethers.’ But one man’s rubbish may be another’s treasure, and what is the standard of value in such a pursuit as this?”

Scriptures, more than 100, address the pursuit of worldly possessions. While God doesn’t disapprove of His children owning earthly goods, He doesn’t approve when earthly possessions have us. Heaven is our home. However, we’re often tempted, and forget to resist the temptation to hoard those things that will fade away. Colossians 3:22 reminds us to set our “minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Resisting Buyer’s Remorse

Who doesn’t love a bargain? There’s nothing like saving money on a purchase, especially when it’s a good deal. But have you ever been tempted to buy something just because it’s a bargain? I have and it’s not because I really needed the item in question. Later, I’ve had buyer’s remorse.

What is buyer’s remorse? According to the dictionary, it’s “a feeling of regret experienced after making a purchase, typically one regarded as unnecessary or extravagant.”

Growing in my walk with the Lord has led me to question my purchases when I’m tempted. Am I always able to resist? No. However, I’ve learned that impulse buying based on saving money isn’t a bargain if the item is unnecessary. It’s why my closet has, at times, overflowed with clothing. When that happens, it’s difficult to decide about what to wear. Ever had that problem? When you have too many choices, it can lead to stress when it comes to making a choice.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service

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