Monthly Memory Passage: Matthew 6:19-24

19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

What have you set your eyes on, really? What is it that you crave? What is your treasure? What is your gaze set upon? You are aiming at something. What is it?

Some people set their eyes on money because of all that it can buy — leisure; a nice house; a remodeled house; a nice car; vacations; international travel; the latest and greatest technology; a great education for you, your children, or your grandchildren; good food; the best gear for your favorite hobby (hunting, sports, fishing, etc.); free time; etc. Don’t get me wrong, in and of themselves none of these things are bad. We can receive these things as gifts from God. However, if any of these things become the object of our delight — the thing we have fixed our eyes on — then it has replaced God in our lives. 

In our Scripture memory verse for this month Jesus tells us that if we set our eyes on money and what it has to offer, then we aren’t seeing properly — we have bad eyes. Moreover, it is not just our eyes not working the way they should, but our whole life is out of alignment — full of darkness. If our eyes are set on money and what it can buy, then we are constantly concerned with making sure we have enough money. If this is the case, then we are not truly serving God with our lives, we are serving money. Money has become God to us. 

Brothers and sisters, the day is drawing ever nearer when money and all that it can buy will be forever gone. God has given us money so that we might make evident by the way we use it that money is not our treasure, Jesus is! Jesus has become our treasure because he purchased us with an eye for what we shall become — completely set apart for his glory. And, his eye is never bad, he sees things as they really are!

 

Posted on July 20, 2014 .