Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Two Treasuries, Two Perspectives, Two Masters

Martin Luther said; "I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

Jim Elliot said; "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

In the greatest message ever preached, Jesus addresses the believer's proper relationship to money and possessions:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 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!

"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." Matthew 6:19-24

Jesus always had two kingdoms in mind. He spoke here of the two treasuries, two perspectives, and two masters of those two kingdoms.

Each couplet presents two options and demands one choice. There's a default choice if "no choice" is made. Unless the right choice is deliberately made and tenaciously clung to, the wrong choice will naturally be implemented. In that case, as if on automatic pilot, people will spend their lives investing in the wrong treasury, adopting the wrong perspective, and serving the wrong master.

Question? What treasury, What Investment, What Master are you contributing to?
Be honest now. Which means the most to you. The things here on earth,or the things in heaven? Honesty here will help you get real with where your heart is and knowing where your heart is is essential to serving the right master.


Mommyluann said...

I was thinking about treasures on earth today..for real...good post

no great one!

BethAnne said...

You should really apply for a job as Director of Stewardship - you know alot about this stuff....;-)