Week 16: Tuesday

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The story is told of a church meeting at which a wealthy man rose to tell the congregation about his faith.  “I’m a millionaire,” he said.  “And I attribute my wealth to the blessings of God in my life.”  He went on to recall the turning point of his faith.  As a young man, he had just earned his first dollar and was eagerly thinking of all the possibilities he can do with it until he found himself in s church meeting.  There, he found himself consumed by the message he heard that night, and when he saw the offering plate he knew that he would either have to give it all to God or nothing at all.  At that moment, he decided to give everything he had to God.  Looking back he knew that God had blessed this decision and made him a successful man.
When he finished his story an awed silence filled the room.  As he returned to his seat an elderly woman leaned over to him and said: “I dare you to do it again.”
Indeed it would be far more difficult for the millionaire to give up his millions now. It’s incredible how wealth or possession can change the attitude of the heart. We live in such a materialistic world that bombards our eyes and thoughts with all the things we need to have to be “happy.” This begs the question, “what is your treasure?” What do you value the most in this world? Could it be that our society has dulled us to treasure the temporary and we have accepted that view?
 
In scripture, Jesus brings up an interesting point regarding our treasures in Matthew 6:
 
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
 
Jesus was right in saying that the treasures we possess here will eventually fade away. Our new clothes, fancy cars, luxurious houses will all disappear or we might disappear before them! However, Jesus pinpoints the central problem of all of us- the heart.
Jesus knows the human heart so well! He’s the expert. He knows that we can easily value wealth. He continues to explain,
 
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
 
Did you notice how Jesus predicts that money will be one of the greatest hindrances in serving God? Who knew money can be so powerful in controlling who or what we serve? Jesus knew, and he immediately told that money could master us. Money is not bad. We use it to buy food, pay our rents, purchase for our needs. But money can be bad if we serve money. Now think, back to the story of the millionaire man. Who is his master now? Do his millions tell him where to spend it? Or does God tell him where to spend the money?
 
So ask yourself, what’s in your heart?
Jesus answers “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

 

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