“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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
(Matthew 6:19-24 NASB)
Who will you serve today? Jesus teaches us that the things of this world are not lasting. When we put our efforts, desires, and energies into securing the pleasures that satisfy the flesh, our only treasures will be ones made of that which is perishable.
The choices I have made in my life have always tended to be those that sought after meeting immediate "needs" or satisfying my desires for pleasure. The Lord tells us that the treasure we seek through gratifying the flesh and seeking after that which is not Godly has no lasting value. They are not eternal treasures, and the choices we make to pursue them are, in fact, choices which deny God's position as 1st in our lives. Both in the preceding verses and throughout the Bible, Jesus teaches us that this brief time we have here on earth is for the purpose of serving God and doing for others in His name. We truly have a choice to make: do we serve God or do our actions show our hatred for Him and His ways?
The Lord tells us that we must make a choice. To serve Him or to serve the things of the world. We cannot do both.
In what ways are you denying the truth of Jesus' teaching that the only treasure which has real value is the treasure which we store up for ourselves in Heaven? This is the treasure which is promised to us when we live a life characterized by honoring and obeying God alone. Are your eyes locked on the truths of God or is your vision corrupted by the pursuit of those things that are valued by the world? God says that if our eye is bad than our bodies are filled with darkness. What longings of the heart and behaviors of the flesh cause your vision to be blinded to the Truth?
Father, keep us ever mindful of the fleeting pleasures of this world and how they cannot compare to a life spent serving and honoring to you. Let us seek to put our treasures in Your hands, stored safely in the Eternal Place that You have promised as the final destination to those who believe in You; Heaven.
Article originally posted at Fall And Die Blog: http://fallanddie.com/who-will-you-follow-matthew-619-24/