Grammy Awards are considered some of the most prestigious and sought after in the music industry. In 2005, R&B artist John Legend had the privilege of winning one for the “Best R&B Album.” To date, John Legend has received 10 Grammy’s and 28 Grammy nominations.
As you might imagine, these awards are something to be proud of. In his apparent, Legend had this displaying for all who visited his home. However, on one particular visit, some family came over. John’s nephew accidently broke his 2005 Grammy Award.
It’s ironic that an item so seldom achieved and given out could be broken so easily. Sure, maybe the nephew was being extremely rough with the awards, but the bottom line is, it was breakable. It wasn’t going to last. When we boil it down, the award is really just a chunk of metal and plastic staying, “you did a good job.” What true value does it bring? What real, long lasting worth does it symbolize?
This is the type of mindset that’s important for us to adopt as Christians. Sure, we may be skilled in certain areas. We might even receive awards and recognition. But if our time and energy don’t have an eternal impact, then it is of little value. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “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, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Even though a Grammy is a very treasured reward, it is just a temporary object. There is really no deep seeded value. What would it matter if we won 20 Grammy Awards, or a Nobel Prize, or created an incredible business, or made billions of dollars, or even gained the entire world if, in the end, we lose our souls (Mark 8:36). All of our “achievements” would be for nothing.
True treasure is in heaven, not on earth. In heaven, those pesky nephews can’t break our treasures. In heaven, not even Satan himself could touch them. Let’s make sure our hearts are set on heavenly treasures far more than any earthly treasures.