What would happen if Christ followers did as Jesus taught?
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth–eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how deep that darkness will be! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” ~Matthew 6:19-24
How enslaved are we to our things?
What do we spend our time thinking about?
If our thoughts are not on the Lord, where are they?
I decided to ask these questions of myself. What do I spend most of my day thinking about? Where do I find my thoughts when the world becomes quiet? This scripture tells me that my treasure is in that place. The place where my thoughts wander.
So then, the next question: Were my thoughts on God?
If not…then what?
Is that place truly my God, or…my god?
I cannot serve two masters.
Do I imagine something to buy…?
What I might want to eat…?
How I’d like to entertain myself…?
What my next project will be…?
Or was it someone with whom I’m invested: my kids, my husband, my friends…?
If any one of those things is not God, and His kingdom, have I just recognized an idol in my life?
Where my thoughts wander is where I’ll put my treasure.
If my treasure is truly the Kingdom of heaven, won’t my money follow?
And if my money is going to things, food, or entertainment, does it follow that my god is my stomach…my desires?
Doesn’t it follow that my heart must not be on heavenly things?
Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do NOT destroy…
where theives do NOT break in and steal.
What does that mean?
Do I give all my money (after my responsibilities) to the church?
Is Jesus asking for us to not have any materialistic desires?
I think it means we give our money to the things Jesus was concerned about…
His kingdom (Luke 4:18-19).
Anyone needing Jesus.
Anyone who hasn’t heard the Good News of the Gospel.
Would we have a problem with elder care, health care, orphans, or poverty if the people of God would truly care about the things God cares about…???
But He’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what GOD is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously–take God seriously.
~Micah 6:8 (The Message)
And walk humbly before God.
Thinking it through…