Thursday, October 9, 2008
Where is Your Treasure?
Matthew 6 19.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There is not a day goes by now that we do not hear about the economic situation in our Country and around the World. The news is bad and each person relates to it in a very personal way. I know people who are obsessed with the crisis. It consumes them. There are many who are depressed, who are letting the circumstances affect their relationships and dictate their attitude. Families are arguing. People are committing suicide. Many can not sleep, have lost their appetite ,and check hourly to see how much they have lost . If your faith is tied to your money this will be a very bad time for you but if it is tied to God you will approach the crisis with a different perspective. Many store up their treasure here on earth , but the scripture is clear that we should store it in heaven. These hard times may rob you of some of your money but don't let them rob you of your Joy, Peace, Relationships, Friends, your Faith. God will take care of you. Faith is not tested sailing calm seas it is tested in the storm. It is one thing to say I believe God will take care of us its another thing to live like it. Daniel was IN the lions den, Paul was IN prison, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were IN the furnace, and we are IN a storm ourselves. What will prevail...Faith or Fear? Do we really trust God or just say we do? This storm will separate the talkers and doers. If we stay focused on God and not the Giant we will be OK. Just ask David.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.