1/16: Dollars or Difference
The Sermon on the Mount spoken by Jesus is often referred to as His Manifesto of the Kingdom. In it, Jesus relates some pretty drastic ideas, one of which is that we should not be so concerned with money. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In our society that elevates money and those with money to a high status, these verses certainly seem like they are espousing an archaic, old-fashioned, and quite frankly, a notion that’s simply out-of-step with the reality of the way things are these days.
However, Jesus is not telling us it’s a bad idea to have a savings account; nor is He teaching us we shouldn’t use wisdom when planning and setting aside monetary resources for ourselves and our children’s futures. No, this whole passage is discussing priorities and whom we ultimately trust and depend upon. Immediately following this passage, Jesus tells us to be sure we are looking to the right source – the light – in order to know what we should do with our lives. If our “eye is good,” in other words, if we’re looking to the right source, then our “whole body will be full of light” (verses 22-23). Continuing the teaching, Jesus goes on to remind us that we cannot serve two masters – God and mammon/money (verse 24).
So the question is this: where are our priorities and whom do we trust to take care of us? If we spend more of our waking hours worrying about making money, keeping money, investing money, saving money, and spending money, we are wasting our time by trying to store up earthly treasures. Moths can eat it, rust and ruin it and thieves can steal it. We may say we trust God, but we’re really serving our money. But, if we spend quality time concentrating on what pleases God, we’re involved in both what’s important and in what’s eternal. Moths can’t eat it, rust can’t ruin it, and thieves can’t steal it. Our ultimate dependence is on God. We’re storing up treasures in heaven; we’re serving Him.
So what’ll it be? Would you rather serve the almighty dollar, or serve the Almighty in order to make a difference? Serve the dollar or live to serve God so your life makes a difference? You can’t do both.
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