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Matthew 6:19

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19

This verse made me reflect on the evanescence of worldly successes.

It can’t be denied that all things come to an end in this world. One day the Earth itself will be destroyed.

Most of us will probably be completely forgotten within a few generations or less. It makes me think of all the people over the course of history… the lower and middle classes whose lives were not recorded and thus passed out of memory.

Will each of us be forgotten and pass into nothingness just like that?

I feel that in the current zeitgeist things like designer clothes and sports cars are the modern equivalent of “treasure”.

These days what is perhaps even more “treasured” than possessions is ethereal things like social status and sexual market value. The designer clothes and sports cars are a proxy for these.

I am no better. I may not want a lot of stuff but I sure do want social status and sexual market value.

If we reflect on this verse though… does it mean anything to achieve social status and sexual market value if we will be dead and forgotten within 100 years?

Does it make sense to even build an empire (like I am trying to do) when the ultimate reality is something that transcends empires?

It reminds me of the Bhagavad Gita… where one is encouraged to live in accordance with the transcendental reality and not take the worldly reality too seriously.

I am also reminded of Plato whose school of thought posited that there was some absolute transcendental reality where forms existed.

There is a certain philosophical value in this verse. After all we will all end up dead and forgotten. Therefore taking ourselves too seriously is not in accordance with nature.

Perhaps that’s why God doesn’t want us to accrue possessions or experiences. He wants our focus to be on the absolute, transcendental reality.

Does that reality exist here and now – or is it something that comes after death? In other words is the promise of the kingdom of God meant to be taken literally or figuratively? The former requires a leap of faith and trust in the scriptures. The latter requires letting go of the movie playing in our minds.

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