Further up and further in: Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 13:44-46, Matthew 19:16-30
Verse: 1 Peter 1:3-4 – Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefined, and unfailing, kept in heaven for you.
Prayer: Lord God, so much of my life is spent chasing after the wind and I don’t even know it. I chase a meal and just a few hours later I need another one. I chase a paycheck and in just a moment every dollar is spoken for. I chase treasures and they decay. I put something aside and someone ruins it or steals it. It is a chasing after the wind. I try to hold these treasures and in a moment, for one reason or another, they’re gone. But God, the treasure that you’ve given me in your Son and the inheritance stored up for me in heaven isn’t like that. It isn’t a chasing after the wind. In fact, it’s not even a chasing! You’ve already given it to me. You’ve already promised it to me as a free gift. Heaven and its inheritance is already stored up and kept for me by your might and power. Lord God, help me to treasure your heavenly gifts most of all. They are the one and only thing that will not perish and will never slip through my fingers. Grant me faith to hold tightly to these treasures and to let go of every earthly treasure. Amen.