Where Your Treasure Is

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• List the presents you got for Christmas last year.

• What do you want for Christmas this year?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:21

Christmas is coming. You know this. Are you already tired of Christmas music and decorations?

With all the hype, it can be very easy to get caught up in the materialism of the season. You are being absolutely pummeled by advertisements and other forms of media, all of them telling you which stuff you should want the most. Everything is bigger, shinier, faster and smarter than last year.

This materialistic philosophy tells us that life is about what we own. But we know life isn’t about stuff. It really doesn’t matter what presents we want or what presents we get. None of that stuff will satisfy. If we get caught up in that mentality, it is never enough, and we always end up wanting more than what we already have.

Where is your heart? Is it with God this Christmas? Where is your treasure?

This Christmas, think about what you really want. Think about wanting something that will truly satisfy.

Prayer

Dear God, we are so grateful that we know the truth, that we know what really matters.

Please help us to not get caught up in the mania of the season. Amen.

Excerpted with permission from Once-a-Day at the Table Family Devotional by Christopher D. Hudson, copyright Zondervan.

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Your Turn

Advent is the season of waiting with expectation for the coming of Jesus. Let’s use this time to recalibrate our hearts toward Him. Let’s enjoy the preparations, celebrations, and meals, but let’s love our Baby King more than the gifts, trinkets, and toys. Come share your thoughts on the coming of our Savior on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

Christopher D. Hudson

Christopher D. Hudson served as the General Editor of Strive: The Bible for Men as well as Revolution: the Bible for Teen Guys. He was a consulting editor for the New Men’s Devotional Bible and has created many other best-selling Bible projects. In addition, he has created daily devotional titles such as Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers. Christopher lives with his wife and three children in northern Illinois, where he also serves on the athletic coaching staff of Wheaton College.

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