“Don’t store up treasures here on earth,

where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matt. 6:19-21 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, having recently finished some long-overdue work in my armoire, car trunk, and garage, I was shocked at the sheer mass of stuff that needed to be carted off. Clutter is like zucchini on Miracle Grow. It keeps spreading and multiplying. Once a treasured garment, trinket, or gadget, now a dust-catching long-forgotten, space-taking bother.

Closets and garages are one thing, but hearts and minds another. The older I get, the less internal storage space I have, Jesus, and I don’t want to finish my journey with a cluttered mind and a divided heart.

So help me de-clutter and re-center on you, Lord. In a world of options and distractions, and I want to finish my days with one consuming passion—knowing you, loving you, and treasuring you. “Give me an undivided heart, that I may live in awe of your name.” (Ps. 86:11)

Jesus, we love you because you first loved us; and we’ll treasure you, to the extent we really believe you treasure us. So by the Holy Spirit, make the gospel profoundly real to us, and rearrange the price tags in our hearts. May we declare with fresh joy, “I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.” (Song of Songs 7:10).

I consider all things rubbish compared to the surpassing excellency of knowing Jesus” (Phil. 3:7-10). “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.” (Ps. 75:23)

As our summer unfolds, may our schedule, choices, and attitude demonstrate that our delight is in you, Jesus, and your love for us is great. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.