[This series of posts comes from a teaching I did at MCC on November 30, 2008]
A second thing God might say to us is…
More stuff does not necessarily mean more security.
We want to be secure. To know that everything will be OK. That we aren’t going through life without a safety net. For many of us, we seek that security through finances and material possessions, which ultimately does not deliver.
Here’s how Jesus put it in Matthew 6v19-21 [TNIV]:
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.”
Treasure here is temporary at best. This does not mean planning for the future or saving is a sin…in many cases that is just good stewardship. What it does mean is that to trust in this world’s economy for security and stability is a recipe for disaster. This economy goes up, but it also comes back down again.
Jesus is challenging us to value someone, rather than something, and to trust Him for our security.
Do I need to be wise? Yes.
To plan ahead? Absolutely.
But do I ultimately need to trust God to take care of me? There is no better way to live!
How does this land in your life right now?
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