Monday, December 6, 2021
A Life of God-Worship
19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a musty cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one God, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.
-Matthew 6:19-24 The Message
Verse 19: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Verse 20: But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
Verse 20 study: Tithing is not the only way to show obedience to God. All acts that God asks of us are ways to store treasure in heaven. Giving our money to God’s work in heaven is like us investing not only in him but investing in heaven. But the purpose should be to seek fulfillment of God’s purposes in everything we do. Not by what we do with our money.
Verse 21: Where your treasure is, your heart will also be there.
Verse 22: “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
Verse 23: But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Verses 22-23 studies: Spiritual vision is to see clearly what God wants us to do and see the world from his point of view. But spiritual insight can be easily clouded. Self-serving desires, interests, and goals block those visions. Serving God is the best way to restore it. A clear eye is one fixed on God.
Verse 24: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Verse 24 study: There is only one master. His name is Jesus. Today, we live in a materialistic society where people serve money. They spend all their lives collecting and storing to only die and leave it all behind. The desire for money and what it can buy outweigh the commitment to God and spiritual matters. You will spend time and energy thinking about what you store up. Don’t fall into the materialistic trap because the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Can you say honestly that God, not money, is your master? A way to test this is to see which occupies more of your thoughts, time, and efforts.
Jesus used the contrast of heavenly values and earthly values. He explained that our first loyalty should be to those things that do not fade, can’t be stolen or used up, and never wear out. We shouldn’t be fascinated with our possessions, but they possess us. This means that we have to cut back on our possessions if they are too important to us. Jesus calls for a decision that allows us to live contently with whatever we have because we have chosen what is eternal and lasting.
Father, materialistic things can get in our way. It loses sight of what you ask for us. I pray we can stay focused on you because it is our way in the world, not the materialistic things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.