As I have been culling through The WordPlayers’ accumulation of set pieces, props, costumes, wood, files, etc, etc, … two quotes have been running through my head. One is from a favorite comedian, Steven Wright: “You can’t have everything. …Where would you put it?”
We don’t have everything we want. And sometimes I wonder why we can’t have it? But God has told me this week, “You have a lot! More than you know what to do with. Put it to good use for my kingdom.”
The second quote I have been thinking about is from Jesus as recorded in Matthew chapter 6: “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 … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I get the part about not storing up treasures on earth but I realized I wasn’t too sure about how to store up treasures in heaven. Or even why I would need to do that! I’m pretty sure I won’t want for anything in heaven.
Upon further study, I think it means to store up what would be considered a treasure in heaven and treasure God who is in heaven. As an actor, I’ve got to think in terms of actions. I should store up acts of generosity, forgiveness, sharing the Gospel and loving God and others.
I like what Charles Orr wrote: “Whatever thought or word, or deed, or song, or sermon, or prayer or sacrifice, or self-denial, that makes us a little more like Jesus, and makes our life on earth a little more heavenly, is a treasure laid up in heaven.”
For The WordPlayers, I think laying up treasures in Heaven means to use the resources entrusted to us – and that we have room for! – to serve God.
Now back to my dry boxes and moth balls …