Day 25 - Money
WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR BUSINESS?
Matthew 6:19-24: “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth…Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven…”
Deuteronomy 8:16-18: “Don’t think to yourself, ‘my own strength and abilities have produced all this prosperity for me.’ [God’s] the one who gives you the strength to be prosperous…”
Where we store things has a direct impact on their longevity. Gardeners know they cannot store their tools outside in the dirt, or else rain will quickly rust them. They store them in a shed where they will be dry and able to be used for many years to come. This is the very idea Jesus tries to convey to us when it comes to our treasures, but the decision has eternal implications.
Jesus says, “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth.” Why? Because they won’t last. Either they will deteriorate, break, diminish in value or we will lose them to a thief.
It isn’t the accumulation of treasures in and of itself Jesus seems to be concerned about; rather, he is concerned with attitude and location. “Stop collecting treasuresfor your own benefit,” he says to address our attitude towards earthly treasures. As we acquire we ought to hold these treasures loosely and even be acquiring them for the benefit of others. This is a tangible way to love others as ourselves with money.
Further, Jesus reminds us there are two storerooms. The storeroom on earth (where treasures won’t last) and the heavenly storeroom where what is put in that storeroom will last forever. When we trust our future to Jesus he deposits that faith in the heavenly storeroom and guarantees an eternal dividend.
How can you use your earthly treasures to help others invest in eternal treasures?
Pray for a Holy-Spirit-strategy from God on how to use the resources He has given you for his glory.
What’s God’s heart for how the Church in your city can pool resources to point many to eternal treasure?
Greg Ford DuPont, WA.
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