Where is your treasure?
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The cares of this world can sometimes seem overpowering. Life, work, kids, wives, home life, chores, bills, bills, and more bills. We think we are in control and before you know it we are knee deep in debt and working two jobs to help get out of it. How can we focus on furthering the Kingdom of God when we are so wrapped up in our own (to borrow a line from a Mercy Me song) Jesus said ?Don?t worry about the things of this world? (actually it is mentioned in the following questions) because if we do worry about ?things? or if we spend all our time accumulating ?things? then that is where our treasure is. If we worry about providing for our family too much ? that is where our treasure is. All these ?things? will be burned up one day or they will fall apart, they might even be stolen. I have heard a preacher say that we need to take all our stuff and put a label on it ?To be burnt? so we won?t let them become our treasure. We need to put our time and energy in those whom God has placed around us
This is a hard passage from time to time. It seems that we, as mortal, fallen humans seem to focus on each of the things listed here by Jesus. We need to realize just who we are serving when we fight and strive for ?things? v24
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.
27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Worry seems to be the thing to do these days for everyone, Christians and non, especially with the economy like it is and with the threat of terrorists attacks, child molesters, murderers, gangs, crazed teenagers with guns shooting people in schools.
It is true though, we can?t do really anything about our situation through worry
28 ?So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 ?Therefore do not worry, saying, ?What shall we eat?? or ?What shall we drink?? or ?What shall we wear?? 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek.
How many times have we worried about a bill or about money. What are we going to do about food? How can we pay all these bills and still eat? Should I tithe or not this week?
How many times have we had to learn the lesson to just trust God? How many times have we had to march around that mountain until we get it?
As many times as we need to!!!!
For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Trouble will come no matter what we say or do. We can?t delay it by being good Christians and we can?t bring it on by sinning more. God brings rain on the just and the unjust. We need to learn to seek the will of God FIRST. We need to further His Kingdom FIRST and everything else will fall into place. It might not be what we thought or how we like but God knows just what we need and when we need it. Our job is to learn to trust no matter what comes and allow it to make us better and not bitter