A real danger in reading my blogs about caring for “flocks and herds” (investments) is that all investments and wealth can become either the end or the purpose. As a purpose, at best, they are only a temporary resource that can be put to work with judicious sharing and giving. Never make the mistake of substituting temporary wealth for eternal treasures. Moths and rust and thieves cannot get to your greatest treasures. And, never forget, your worth is NOT in what you own. It is not in your title or your skills. Your worth is much greater.
Keith and Kristyn Getty and Graham Kendrick capture the reality in their song “My Worth is Not in What I Own.” Listen to the words (link at the bottom of this post) and realize that your worth has been set very high by the One who created you and died for you. The symbol that makes this crystal clear is the cross.
Romans 8:6-8 (ESV) “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Hebrews 11:24-26 (ESV) “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
Matthew 6:19-20 (ESV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
My Worth is not in What I Own
(Words and music by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty & Graham Kendrick ©2014 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Makeway Music)
Here is a portion of the lyrics that you can hear on YouTube.