Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Those are surely prophetic words from Jesus to (despite the economic situation) the still-rich western world today. Some of us need a divorce from our credit card. The million-dollar question: Is our heart in God’s kingdom or is it in material goods?
It’s not easy for believers to resist the media’s daily assault on our minds. They persuade us to buy the latest gadget. They subtly suggest that without such things we’re not a “success;” that life isn’t complete unless we have a home entertainment theatre and a yearly trip to Europe. For instance, look at this ‘Black Friday’ business. Millions of Americans were lining up outside the doors of retailers to get the so-called “best deal of their lives.”
The Bible tells us not to conform with the world (Romans 12:2), and to be content with what we have (1 Timothy 6:8-9). God knows our every need and He will supply it if we have a heart toward Him.
If our heart is in temporary worldly treasures, we must remember there are no pockets in a shroud, and dollar bills in a coffin are useless to the departed. Or as Paul tells Timothy, we can take nothing material out of this world (1 Timothy 6:7).
So we must resist seeking after financial stardom and set our sights on what is eternal. There is no greater investment for our soul and spirit than to trust in the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
Our treasure is not found in a bank account, but in seeking God, doing His will, furthering His cause, not our own. Is your total trust right now in the One who holds the future?
Put in its simplest form, “Money is either your slave or your master.” Money is like the fleshly desires. Either we will master them, or they will be our master. One may try to deceive himself into believing that he can pursue both goals simultaneously, God and money. However, our Lord said only one will be our Master. It is difficult for the Western mind to grasp the meaning of our Lord’s words. Many of us have second jobs. We may leave one job in the evening and go on to another at night. However, the language our Lord used was that of slave and master. A slave was the exclusive property of one master. He had no time of his own. His master could dispose of him as he wished.
Perhaps an analogy that might be easier to understand is that of drug addiction. At first, a man begins to use drugs, but eventually they use him. His body builds up a tolerance for a certain quantity of a drug and he finds he must have more and more. Finally, the drug is his master and he is its slave. The more money or things one gets, the more one desires. This is what our Lord is saying. Storing up treasures on earth is dangerous and destructive because they take complete control over the one that should be the master.
In His instructions to the disciples, Jesus warned us we should not view our material possessions as a means of ensuring comfort and security in this earthly life. Instead, we should invest in eternal things, for such an investment is secure and the benefits everlasting.
Scripture of the day: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? ~ Luke 16:10-11 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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