One of the songs we've been teaching the kids throughout the week is a couple verses from Matthew six, which say: "Store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also." We've been encouraging the kids to treasure God all week, and not the stuff of the world.
It's interesting how, when you are teaching biblical truths to children, it's easy to go into what I'll call "teacher mode." That is, adults tend to somewhat condescendingly teach truths to children and as though it is something for the kids to learn, and as the adults, they have already fully appropriated these truths. That is not true of me, however, even though I sometimes teach as though I am an authority in believing and enacting the truth of God in all matters. I'm still a sinful, flawed human being who is being perfected by Jesus, and I need to grasp the same truths that I am trying to teach the kids this week.
A little reminder of my lack of appropriating biblical truth came to me this morning in the form of a non-working car. I had to run to the church this morning to get some things for today's lessons, and so I went. I entered the church, got what I needed, and then went back out to my car, only to find that it refused to start. My car has been a horse for me, and has almost never had any problems. But here it was, on the third day of Backyard Bible Club, refusing to start. Not too big of a problem, except my role in the four Backyard Bible Clubs is to be the gopher and go to each club and deliver materials and supplies, as well as to take pictures and shoot video of the clubs, and even to lead songs at a couple locations. Needless to say, I was not a happy
Providentially, my dad just happened to be turning into the church parking lot when I was having my difficulties. He was able to give me a jump, and I was on my way. But after I returned home and shut the car off, it wouldn't start again. Oh well. I got into the wife's car and started my day of driving - off to the other clubs!
When I was at the last club of the day, leading songs, I decided to take a minute to explain to the kids why Matthew 6.20 talks about moths destroying earthly treasures. They probably didn't know about moths and the damage they can do, or about how metal corrodes. So we talked about how things that can be damaged or destroyed -like clothes and cars - are not worthy of being our treasure, because they won't last forever. Instead, our hearts should treasure eternal things - heavenly things.
It started to get to me when I realized I was telling the kids that the fact that something rusts is evidence that it won't last forever, and that we shouldn't treasure those things. I thought about my car, and how disappointed I was when it wouldn't work right this morning. Could it be that I was "treasuring" my car? I certainly don't worship my car, but maybe I worship the convenience a car brings. The fact that my car wasn't working this morning was a good reminder to me to not put my trust or find my satisfaction in earthly things, because one day I'll wake up and those things - like my car - either won't work or will be gone completely. And if I am treasuring the convenience of having a car, what does that say about my heart? Nothing good.
The lesson for me today: store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust (and dead batteries) do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.