Shelf Life


Occasionally my wife and I do what I guess other couples do. It usually happens on what otherwise might be a dull weekend. We go through the refrigerator, the spice drawer and the cabinet, where the canned and dry goods are stored to “cull the oldies”. What “treasures” we can find. The refrigerator is usually the mother lode as we discover forgotten leftovers, usually adorned with the green hair we are all familiar with. We can almost hear the garbage can beckoning “here!”. Culling the oldies is our way of checking the shelf life of stuff that has gone unused. Sometimes that’s an awfully long time. It gets interesting and it is not unusual for some hearty chuckling to take place.

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Grocery stores are all too aware of the shelf life of their goods. They cannot mess around selling food that is outdated. I love finding great bargain buys, or two for ones, as the dates of those items draw close to the sell by dates. I’m never immune to wanting to save a bit of money. I cannot say that I have ever bought anything that was outdated from a grocery store.
Unlike those “treasures” we sometimes find (and toss out) in our refrigerators, there are real treasures that we need to be mindful of. They are so important for our future.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-24

Treasure in Heaven

Our earthly treasures have a short shelf life. Anything of the world, (just like food) has a short shelf life. While they may mean something to us at the time, in the grand scheme of things what God has in store for us, trumps it all. All He asks is that we lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven because there is no shelf life on those things. They never get old or unusable. In fact, when we nurture them, they remain vital, fresh, relevant and vibrant. Unlike the fruit in the grocery store, which will always rot at some point, this fruit is a treasure with no shelf life. It will NOT rot. It is the real treasure that we lay up for heaven. It is the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23)

Do you periodically cull your heart to get rid of the junk that has expired shelf lives so that you will less encumbered and able to live your fruits of the Spirit? It is something to think about.

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