How many of you guys have something like this at home? If you’ve ever been on vacation, I’m sure you or your parents have one of these. We can’t travel anywhere for a long time without packing some sort of luggage, can we? Why not? Because we need clean clothes, right? That’s very important if we’re going to be gone overnight. We’ll need pajamas, and clothes for a new day. What else might we pack? Maybe some toys or books or games to keep us busy?
Grown ups have a lot of stuff to pack as well, like deodorant and razors and hair dryers and makeup. And a lot of grown ups can’t go anywhere without their cell phones or laptops, can they?
Every person is different, and they have a different list of things to pack. But this suitcase is empty. Do you know why? Because this suitcase is for a very special trip. One of these days, we’ll all make the trip from this world to the next. And do you know what the Bible says about that trip? All the clothes, all the toys, all the laptops we have in this world have to stay behind.
You know we spend a lot of time worrying over stuff. We keep a close eye on our favorite toys and stuffed animals. But God doesn’t want us to be attached to earthly treasures. The Bible says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up 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.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Let’s ask God to help us remember that while we can enjoy the things of this world while we live here, our real treasure is up in Heaven.