Are you going on a trip this summer? It takes a lot of planning, and a lot of packing, doesn’t it? There is always so much stuff that needs to go with us on a trip. But imagine if you were going on a trip to Heaven! What would you pack then? Luke 12:21 talks about this:
 “...a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
These are Jesus’ words. This verse tells us that we are fools to store up things on Earth and to give up a good relationship with God.
Let’s think about our suitcases for a trip again. When we go on a trip, we need a lot of things. Clothes, of course—clothes for church, clothes for work, maybe clothes for the beach. And not just clothes. We all need shoes—and different shoes for church and the beach.
Along with clothes and shoes, we need to pack a hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste—all of these personal items to get ready in the morning. You would think that the suitcase would be full now, but there are still lots of other things to take.
You will probably need a wallet and some money, too. You’ll need a good book to read, and maybe some music to listen to. You’ll want your camera, too, to capture the memories. And if you are going outside of the country, you will definitely need to pack your passport.
Our suitcases are really full once all of these things are inside of them! All of these things are important. We wouldn’t leave home without them. But are they truly needed? Jesus reminded us in our verse that things on this Earth are not nearly as important as our relationship with God Himself.
If you could plan your trip to Heaven right now, what would you pack? Would you pack clothes and shoes and your hairbrush? Would you pack your camera to take pictures? No, you wouldn’t, would you? Heaven is perfect and we won’t need anything there. Everything from Earth will seem silly and useless in Heaven.
There is only one thing that we can each take with us to Heaven. That is our relationship with Jesus. Our hearts, full of love for Him, will go with us throughout eternity. We won’t need beach shoes, or wallets or passports. We just need our hearts. Pack your heart full of love today, and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!

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