Fresh Hope – 1st July 2020

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’, Matthew 6:19-21. 

Jesus talked about money a lot. It was one of the topics he talked most about. Why? Because he knew the power it could hold over one’s life. 

When Jesus councils us to not store up treasures for ourselves, does he mean we shouldn’t save and should just give all our money away? No. Jesus’ message was more about what you’re spending your life working towards. Is your pursuit of money ultimately for earthly, temporary goods that can be easily stolen and taken? Or is your pursuit of money second to the pursuit of Jesus? Is your money under the Lord, or is money the Lord? 

Jesus’ point in the scripture you just read, is that right now, here on earth, we have an opportunity to build for our future. I’m not talking 20, 30, 50 years down the line. I’m talking about your ETERNAL future. 

Rewards in heaven are a real thing. There is a rewards system in heaven. You will be given treasures according to how you lived on earth. You will live with your heavenly reward for not just 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years, but for ETERNITY. What could be a better investment than investing into your eternal situation?! No wonder the Bible tells us it is better to give than receive (Acts 20:35)!

We have a very short, brief window on Earth to invest, invest and invest and to give, give, give, in order to live eternally in the reward of our sacrifice! 

Matthew 6:24 says, ‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money’.

Again, Jesus is not condemning money, He is condemning it as an idol in our life. He is condemning the love of money. He is condemning money having a hold on you, instead of you having a hold on money. 

Make sure you are making a good investment decision.

Emma Burchell

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