Tuesday’s Torch 579
March 17, 2020
Tonight I would like to put many things in perspective for myself and many others. We’ve all felt like at times life is unfair. We have all felt at times like we don’t deserve one thing or another. Why me? Woe is me! Why does this person over here get this blessing instead of me? I deserve better. What did I do that was so wrong? I tried my best. But you get the point already.
The scriptures have been given to us to help us. In many cases they can provide us with blueprints to build our lives around. They can give us focus and help us through many difficulties.
I would like to tie a couple different scriptures together now and hopefully they will work together for our good. First off, bad things and unfair things do happen, many times we will not receive blessings or treasures that we may rightfully deserve in this lifetime, you might, I might, but we might not. But I can assure you that the following verse is true:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Right now there are plenty of people laying up for themselves treasures on this earth. Granted, right now that seems to be toilet paper. Which by the way moth larvae will eat that for those of you with years worth of it stockpiled.
These verses hit close to home for me also because a couple weeks ago my home was broken into and one or more thieves stole from me. We are all fine, and from what I can tell, they didn’t take anything truly valuable. But the feeling that someone took from me, while I was at church no less. It’s not a good feeling. Not at all. So I say that we should definitely appreciate this scripture that states unequivocally that the treasures we store up in Heaven are safe. The eternal blessings that await us there are immune to moths. They are locked away where no thieves can break in and steal. And those blessings are vastly superior to anything we could ever hope to receive or achieve in this life.
Now I’ve actually covered a bit from these next verses in a previous Torch but they are definitely worth sharing again and again, and so we will jump back into the Bible. For backstory, the Savior is being accused and passed back and forth amongst multiple leaders to be judged. At this point in time he has been mocked, has had a robe placed on him by those who thought his being a King was a joke worthy of mocking. Now we go to Luke 23:13-25. You’ll have to bear with me if I get emotional, it happens.
“And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”
Here was Jesus, who was perfect, had done no wrong, had committed no sin, and some of the very people he was sent here to save, chose to crucify him, and set a murderer free. So who am I to complain about how unfair things are. Who are we to complain about how others have things so much better. Occasionally I need this perspective from these verses to snap me out of a mentality that I’m trying my best or that I’ve made all these positive changes so I deserve better. The Savior suffered and died for us. The Savior was betrayed and put to death by those he came to help. Who am I to complain that something hasn’t worked out the way I hoped. I am blessed, as are all of the people who are reading or watching this Torch. If we look for the blessings. If we count those instead of only looking at the pile of bad things, unfairnesses, betrayals, dreams that haven’t come true despite our best efforts, and everything that’s gone wrong. Brothers and Sisters, let us save up and store up our treasures in heaven. Where those humble butterflies, (what I like to call moths), cannot destroy; and where those thieves, not even the ones who have stolen from me, can break in and steal.
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, paid a price that was more than enough to cover for all of our sins, weaknesses and imperfections. As we strive to live righteously and do all those things our Father in Heaven would have us do, we will be blessed. If not here then most assuredly in the form of eternal blessings. I have a testimony of that. I know that it is true. And I share that testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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