Want

by | Apr 27, 2022 | Journey

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
Matthew 6:19-24

John D. Rockefeller, the world’s first billionaire, was asked, “How much money is enough?” His answer was, “just a little bit more!” He unknowingly made a profound statement about the human condition. We seem always to want. We want more time; we want to change; we want a better life; we want more money; we want a little bit more. Want has been the motivation of our culture since the beginning.

Jesus taught a radical view of wealth. He taught that there was nothing wrong with having it as long as we understood that not everything we had been given was for us to keep. He taught if the human condition was one of “want,” then the new life was about “giving.” Here in Matthew, he tells us that ultimately it is a matter of the heart, and whatever we love most is there is our treasure.

Therefore, the follower of Jesus would be known for their generosity, kindness, compassion, and love. We would demonstrate that we are not in love with the idea of hoarding all the wealth that we can. We would acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God and that it is to be used to bring him glory.

I bet none of us need more; we want more. Let us store our treasures in heaven by using our gifts to bring others to follow him.

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