“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Purses Which Do Not Wear Out”
(Please read Luke 12:33-34)
Before drivers’ licenses and credit cards, men usually carried their money in “pocketbooks,” leather pouches with clasp openings. It was not uncommon to hear those pouches called “purses,” even by the men who carried them. The pocketbook was a natural descendant of the pouches that people carried in Bible times, which apparently were simply leather bags tied closed with thongs.
Pocketbooks now are more likely to be found in ladies’ purses than men’s pockets, since billfolds are handier for keeping today’s necessary personal documents.
Whatever we carry our cash, or cash substitutes, in is going to wear out sooner or later, and that’s a good thing. It may remind us that their contents are not so durable either. And in a materialistic world we surely need such reminders.
It was with human weaknesses in mind that Jesus told his disciples, in our text, “Make yourselves purses which do not wear out” (NAS). Obviously he wasn’t talking about literal pocketbooks, because they wouldn’t fit that specification. He spoke instead of eternal things, for he had just told them to sell their possessions and give to charity, and he went on to describe those everlasting purses as “an unfailing treasure in heaven.”
The message is clear: Our real pocketbooks are in heaven, and that’s where we need to be making our deposits, by doing good for others in the name of the Lord. Not a hard thing to do, actually — if our hearts are in the right place. For He also said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Let’s hope our hearts are not in our pockets.