“They Didn’t Take My Pens!” (Matthew 6:8)

“Can you help me? Any security videos you may have from last night would be helpful.”

Standing at our front door was our neighbor. His home was burglarized the previous evening and much of his wife’s jewelry was stolen. The thieves even found his safe in the upstairs master bedroom and threw it over the balcony into the back yard. Opening the safe, important and sensitive documents like birth certificates and passports were scattered but not taken. In addition, the safe contained numerous expensive pens.

“They didn’t take my pens! The pens are worth as much, if not more, than my wife’s jewelry but they didn’t take them and discarded them in the yard. They could have really screwed us if they used our personal information as well.”

It was another familiar and tragic story that my neighbor shared with us. Home invasions are on the rise in nearly every city in America. Thieves are emboldened by the shortage of law enforcement personnel, liberal or non-existent laws to punish the criminals, and a worsening economy that foments unrest. Although the property losses were substantial, as my neighbor divulged, it could have been far worse. The thieves chose less valuable items either because they did not know the value or because they perceived it would be difficult to sell the other items for a substantial profit. How different is the strategy of Satan, the father of thieves and liars! He knows what we value most and how much we would sacrifice to keep it. He tempts us with our secret desires and possessions, hopeful we will succumb to his wiles. But there is someone who knows us even better, God, our Heavenly Father.

…Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. 

Matthew 6:8 (NASB)

God knows what we truly need and desire. We may think we know but like the thieves, our priorities are often distorted by our sinful nature and selfish desires. Of all of our possessions, of all of our wants and desires, nothing is more important than our soul. God seeks to save it.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 

Matthew 16:26-27 (NASB)

There is nothing that we can give in exchange for our soul. No possession. No skill or talent. Nothing. God asks us a question that everyone must answer. Only by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will our soul be eternally saved. What do you truly value? Even if we are unaware or do not want to admit it, God always gives us the Truth.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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