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The story of my life is the story of my faith…

Motel 6

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Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Let’s say you spend a week in a Motel 6. How likely would it be for you to take all your money and spend it decorating your motel room? How probable is it that you would clean out your bank account to purchase van Goghs or paintings of Elvis on velvet or whatever it is your taste runs to?

Not very. You wouldn’t even be tempted, because the motel room is not home. You’re only going to be there a little while. It would be foolish to waste the treasure of your one and only life on a temporary residence.

Smart players are clear on what lasts and what doesn’t. So Jesus says it is wise to store up treasure in what’s eternal: God and people.

This is Motel 6. Your “room” – your home, your furniture and clothes and possessions – will last the equivalent of a few seconds compared to the eternity that will be occupied by your soul. It’s not bad to stay in a place and enjoy it while you’re there. But Jesus says don’t store up treasure in Motel 6. It’s not your home. You’re only going to be here a little while. If you’re going to stay up nights dreaming, dream about something better than how to upgrade your motel room.

John Ortberg in When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box 

Written by Ryan

March 6, 2008 at 8:15 am

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  1. I needed to read that…thanks for sharing it!


    March 12, 2008 at 10:42 am

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