“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… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:24, 33
When I was a kid we vacationed every summer at the Jersey shore. Off the coast of Ocean City, you could see the top of a ship that had sunk in a storm. And whenever I walked by that spot on the beach, I would dream of finding treasure. I would picture a chest filled with gold coins. Of course that treasure did not really exist.
Last night on the news, they were interviewing a woman who had lost her house in the California wild fires. As they stood in the rubble of what had been her home, the reporter asked how she felt about losing all her treasures. Pointing at her family members, the woman replied, “Those are my treasures.”
Where is your treasure? Where is my treasure?
Jesus said, “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)
Money affects our hearts. Whether we are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to our stress level, our anxiety, and the health of our relationships. It’s no wonder, then that Jesus talked about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts.
For a four-week period, beginning on October 25, we will be looking at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy. and money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives. In our sermon series called Treasure, we will be exploring what Jesus said about money, giving, worry and more. I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look to Jesus teachings on how we can find freedom that comes through generosity and avoid some of the common pitfalls related to money, and how we can give our lives and our treasure to God.
See You in Worship!!
Grace and Peace,