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I have been reading quite a bit from the book, 'Believe' by Randy Frazee.
It is a very helpful book, because Randy takes a subject, and then he puts together verses from Scripture dealing with that particular subject from both the Old and the New Testament. This way you get a kind of overview on the subject.
During my quiet time yesterday morning I decided to read a chapter from 'Believe'. The chapter dealt with giving of our resources.
In Matthew 6:19-24 we read: "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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
It sounds a bit strange that Jesus speaks about money, then about our eyes, and then again about money.
But when you keep in mind that the part about the eyes is right in the middle of the two parts about money, you begin to understand that everything in those verses is about money.
I believe in these Scriptures Jesus is warning us against being greedy.
He starts of by telling us to share what the Father has given us with those around us, especially with those who don't have enough to live on. When we do that we are storing up treasures in heaven.
We should therefore not hoard everything we have, but be willing to share.
Then He tells us to be careful of wanting everything our two eyes see.
Instead of focusing on what we want, or what we don't have, we should keep our eyes on Him. When we do that, all the things we need to be able to live life, will be added to us.
Finally Jesus warns us that we are not able to serve two masters at once.
You see, you can have God and money, but you need to make the choice to serve only one - God.
Let us take these words from Jesus to heart.
Let us share what we have with those who don't have.
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and trust Him to provide whatever we need.
And let us make the decision to serve only one Master - God.