Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24
Observation: Jesus talks about how we view our money and possessions. He encourages us to see what we have and own here on earth as temporary. He finishes by saying that it’s impossible to serve two masters at the same time – if money is controlling our thoughts and actions, then it’s impossible for God to be at the center of our world.
Application: I love icebreakers. I’m ready to ask a good icebreaker question, anytime, anywhere. (I am basically an introvert’s worst nightmare.) I just want to know: “If you could take one food with you to a desert island, what would it be?” “If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?” “If your house was on fire and you could only grab one item, what would it be?”
My answer to that last question? My journals. I have more than a dozen from the last twelve years, and just as Joshua and the Israelites carried stones out of the Jordan river to remember God’s faithfulness, I would carry my journals, filled with prayers and praises and pleas.
These journals aren’t anything special at first glance; in fact, they’re some of the cheapest items I own. The big stuff – like my phone, computer, TV, car – can all be replaced. But nothing can replace the thousands of hours I spent writing, praying, pouring myself out to God.
That answer to a silly icebreaker question is my personal proof that Jesus’s words are true:
“Don’t store up treasure here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” (v. 19-21)
Where is your treasure? Where is your heart?
It’s so easy to blow through these words, convincing ourselves that our heart is set on God because we budget and tithe and don’t have a credit card debt or a shopping addiction. But, once again, Jesus isn’t concerned with our outward actions; he’s concerned with our inward motives.
So, what’s going on in your heart? Is it tied up in bitterness as you scroll through social media, feeling jealous when you see what people you’ve never met are flaunting the thing you’ve always wanted? Is it focused on getting just a little bit more – finishing just a few more emails or taking on one more freelance project – so you can feel more productive, even though it takes time away from what truly matters? Is your heart hungry for more recognition or approval? Are you working and producing and buying and gaining – all to fulfill a shallow desire that can never truly satisfy?
If a new car is our treasure, we’ll never be satisfied. If a promotion is our treasure, we’ll never be satisfied. If a purse or pair of shoes or relationship status or someone’s affirmation, we’ll never be satisfied. If becoming a perfect Pinterest mom or what our dad wants us to be is our treasure, we’ll never be satisfies.
Satisfaction comes from one place: our Savior.
Only our Savior satisfies.
So, let him be our treasure, our enough.
Prayer: God, show me my heart. Show me what separates me from you. Show me where I’m placing my hope and my treasure in this world instead of in you. I pray I’ll be open as you shape and mold my heart to reflect yours. Amen.