19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus spoke often about our attitude toward money. We work for it, we use it, we need it for life, we want it, we save it, we spend it, and in some contexts, we worship it. While Jesus did not condemn having money, he warned against us making that as what we live for. What do we treasure up in this life? What do we value most here and now? What goals direct our daily living? If money comes up in any of these questions, we may be on the wrong side of Jesus’ teaching.
If our attitude toward money is misplaced then, Jesus said, the lamp of the body is bad and our whole body is filled with darkness. Money can make us bitter or better. Money can make life more clear or it can make life very dark. How do you view money? Do you always wish you had more? Do you go from day to day looking for ways to make more? Do you have a list of things you will get or activities you will do when you finally get enough money? Has the love of what you don’t have darkened your understanding as to what is really important?
Jesus continues with his teaching on money telling us that we cannot serve two masters at the same time. We are always serving one or the other. Then, he says, we cannot serve God and mammon, that is, we cannot serve God and money. Do you regularly give to the work of the Lord through your church? Or are you a tipper of God? Have you learned the joy of giving away your money and thus investing in things not seen or are all of your investments in a visible portfolio?
Jesus also said that it is better to give than it is to receive. When we give we are learning the right purpose of our money. God gives it to us to give it away thus investing in His eternal kingdom. Do you rule your money or does your money rule you?
I was in the car this morning between 7:25 and 8:10 and Karl Clausen, on Moody radio, had Pastor Lutzer on with him and they gave the gospel in honor of Billy Graham then called listeners to give their hearts to Christ, to turn from their sin to the Savior. The response was overwhelming. They skipped the news, the traffic, and the commercials as calls and text came in by the dozens from people surrendering to Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful and powerful moment to witness the Holy Spirit at work calling men and women to the Savior. It is as if the Lord used the work of Billy Graham one more time for His kingdom and glory.
God is calling us to walk by faith. Abraham left all to follow the call of God on his life. Whenever we respond to the call of God upon our lives it is a response of faith. Our community needs a resurgence of people walking faithfully by faith with their God. I am praying for you that your faith would increase and your kingdom view would come into greater focus.
Have a great day in the Lord,