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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Evaluating What I Treasure

In review of Matthew 6:19 it says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasure on earth; where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”

Bottom Line:
It’s not wise to store up treasures on this earth, where they can just erode away or be stolen.

What this means to me:
It is not useful for me to store up treasured items here on earth. Items like this will ultimately be eaten up or destroyed, or a thief will steal.

It's not wise for me to store up treasures, they will either deteriorate or be subject to theft. Rather, Jesus suggests that seek to store up treasures in heaven, where they can't be affected by deterioration or be stolen. He reminds me that wherever my treasure is, is where where my focus will be. Furthermore, I’m learning that the storing of treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. Giving my money to God's work is part of investing in heaven, however I should also seek to please God, by not only giving, but also in fulfilling God's purpose in all I do.

I can look at things three different ways; as a pessimist, an idealist, or a realist. The idealist may be two million dollars in debt, but that infomercial will convince him he can buy and flip the advertised real estate and reverse that curse in about an hour. The pessimist is like Chicken Little, the sky is always falling in his world. The realist sees that he can’t afford his card, so he sells it and rides the bus.

I need to choose to see things as God sees them. Afterall, a nice car with an inflated payment is not worth forfeiting my house, my marriage or my financial stability.

In summary I shouldn’t sacrifice the gifts God has given me for the things of this world. There is nothing like laying my head on my pillow at night with a clear conscience. I should not trade that for any cheap trinket or item that the enemy might distract me with. Instead learn to enjoy the sweet peace that can only comes from God.

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