~Matthew 6: 19-21
Jesus expects us to decide who our master is. He gives us two choices.
Money, accumulating stuff, and earthly treasure can be your master. We can decide to chase the material things this world offers. We can make it our focus in life to accumulate things. Many people do. We can determine the purpose of life is to have more stuff than anybody else. That can be our priority.
Or we can serve the Lord. We can serve the Lord and make accumulating treasures in heaven our goal. We can chase the things of God. We can pursue a holy life. We can invest ourselves in things that will make a difference for all eternity. Jesus tells us this is our choice.
Sometimes without even realizing it, we’re making that choice. We’re allowing our busy life to make that choice. We spend our free time scrolling Facebook instead of reading our Bibles. We can’t sit through a Sunday morning service without checking our messages. We say yes when we know we should say no until we’re at a point we’re so busy we’ve no time left for God. We don’t make these decisions with the idea of putting earthly things before God, but that winds up being the result. There’s 24 hours in a day, and if you spend 8 sleeping and 8 working, that doesn’t leave much. This week, I encourage you to look at how you’re spending your time. How are you spending your treasure.
Who is your master? Are you serving the world and your own desires? Or are you serving the God of all creation? Maybe it’s time to reprioritize your life. Maybe it’s time to really examine your life and how you’re spending it. Maybe it’s time to make some difficult choices. Living the life God would have us live doesn’t come without sacrifices, but it isn’t without rewards either. When we live a Godly life, not only do we build treasures in heaven, but our life here on earth takes on a new meaning, and a new purpose. When we open our eyes and our hearts, and that light shines in, it doesn’t just illuminate us, it shines out, too. That light within us can reflect on everything and everyone around us.
~Todd E. Creason
(This is an excerpt of the Recharge Message delivered 6/8/2022 at Muncie Baptist Church)