Like most people in the world, I wasted lots of time in the chase of things I imagined would soothe some deep longing in me. Of course I had no intellect about some of what I chased beyond seeking simple pleasure. It never lasted. The most elaborate material item I could own always lost its luster in a shorter time then I would have imagined. Even people whom brought me great joy and comfort could only offer me a limited amount of satisfaction. I want more!
What does it mean to want something more? To want something so deep it seems beyond comprehension or description? I can only imagine what it was like for the disciples to meet Jesus and just “know” He was what they had always been looking for. When He said, “follow me” and they dropped everything and left everyone without hesitation to chase the deeper thing which cries out in all of us.
To our natural eyes this seemed crazy, walking away from every treasure given us upon this earth to walk with the Son of God and a promise yet to be delivered? Over two thousand years later Jesus is still calling to individual hearts to “follow me” and the decision is still the same. Do we do this without hesitation or will we allow the chasing of earthly things hold us back from laying up our treasures in heaven?
Mt 6:19-20 “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.