But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In his classic novel The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes of the subtle way that prosperity knits a person's heart to the world. Growing reputations, widening circles of acquaintances, a perceived sense of importance, and the increasing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, argues Lewis, builds up in a person a sense of really being at home on earth. But while people are finding their place in the world, Lewis concludes that the world is finding its place in them.
The truth is each of us longs for a sense of belonging. It's the way we're designed, and it's a good thing. But what the world has to offer is incapable of producing what we too often seek to find in it, so it can't help but leave us disappointed.
Don't become a collector of empty treasures in your search to find belonging. Possessing things that belong to you is no substitute for choosing to belong to God, and possessing eternal security in Christ.
"No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him."
- Seneca the Younger (5 B.C-A.D. 65)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.