Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? – Matthew 6:26-27
All the noise on the Internet today is about the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. Everyone seems so worried, so concerned, so anxious either for or against the ideas put forth by one party or the other. I’m hearing a lot of noise about treasure, and power, and blame, and spin, and “protecting what is ours.”
Jesus was clear regarding what he thought about this: “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth,” he said, “where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Earlier this morning I thought it would be a good idea to avoid the Internet, and lean out of my kitchen window instead to look at “the birds of the air.” I wanted to see what they have to say about treasure, and border security, and all this anxious noise.
So today I’m not going to read the make-believe nonsense spouted by the Christian Nationalists, or the whining coming from the left, or the self-congratulatory fuzzy math touted by the trickle-down theorists.
Instead, I’m going to take a few minutes to re-read the Sermon on the Mount, and I’m going to ask Jesus to guide me as I seek to be a more authentic Follower of the Way.
My treasure is God’s Son, God’s word, and God’s good creation. And that’s where my heart is also.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.