When I was a kid I used to love to go to where my dad worked and watch as the coal would pile up as it came off a conveyer belt.  The pile would sometimes get as hight as fifty feet.  Often these piles would be left for a while.  The coal industry called this, “Stockpiling.” I discovered one of the reasons they did this was to simply keep the piles until the price and demand for coal went up so that they could receive a greater return for their investment.

As I was reading Matthew 5-10 this morning I was convicted by the following verse, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,” 6:19.

The Message translates the phrase, “lay up,” as “hoarding.”  Our Lord’s words forced me to take inventory of my stockpile of stuff.  I must admit that I did not want to sift through my stockpile of stuff.  As I did, I saw many things that I did not need and I saw many things in my life that needed to be cast aside.  For example, “Pride, and self-promotion, things that make my life comfortable and causes me to become complacent.  I saw a wondering eye that is easy attracted to things that benefit me.”

I next looked at the stockpile of my faith.  I found many good things, but in comparison to the stockpile called self, it was very small.

So what should I do and what should you do with the stockpile called self?  I believe the first step is to admit that we are are hoarders in the flesh.  The second step should be to pray for a heart change.  I am praying that I would fall so in love with Jesus that I would focus all of my efforts on building His stockpile.  Thirdly I must come to the place that I trust in Him to provide for what I need.

Here is what Jesus says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask,” 7:11.  Our God knows better than we do what we need.  I prayed this morning, “Father give me what you want me to have and don’t give me what I want to have.”

I encourage you to take inventory of your stockpiles today.  I also pray that you will follow the steps outlined today, in Jesus name.

I leave you with the precious words of Jesus, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,”  Matthew 6:21.

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