Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Matthew 6:19-23 Invest in treasure that will never lose its value
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
"The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."
In this passage we are reminded that material things will not bring true happiness. So often in our contemporary world, we are bombarded by messages that say happiness is about owning a brand or living in a luxurious lifestyle. When we buy into this message all we get is unhappiness. We struggle to make ends meet and worst of all we want what our neighbours possess. Freedom comes from eliminating our desires. Freedom is allowing God to shower us with grace. Freedom is about being open to the Holy Spirit and allowing the Spirit, the Giver of Life, enter our hearts and allow us to make the Kingdom of God a reality. Hence, we should build treasure in heaven and not hoard material things.