READ: Matthew 6:19-24
- Most of us would automatically reject any thought that we are someone’s “slave”. Yet all of us choose to be in submission to something or someone. Jesus makes it very clear that it’s easy to become a slave to our possessions, our treasures. Most of us can tell stories of how one of our toys has cost us more than we realized, or demanded much more time than we expected. For some, it might be work, social media, or entertainment. We give ourselves too much.
- Jesus makes it plain: God will not accept competition. He doesn’t make room to share affections or allegiance with something else. He’s not banning all possessions, nor is He saying we can’t have toys or hobbies, or that work can’t be important. He’s simply saying that we sometimes deceive ourselves into believing that we can share affections with God. We’ll just have something or someone in our lives that we give lots of room to, but we won’t let it take over. Unfortunately, that rarely works out.
- If money is our god, God will not be. We will become confident in our own resources. We’ll not consider that we may need God to make ends meet. We might honestly believe we are responsible for our well-being. Instead, we all have to come to the place where we are dependent upon God, even if we do have large bankrolls. He’s still our source of supply.
- How often do you think about needs?
- When was the last time you felt as if you needed God, to be your resource?
- If you don’t have monetary needs, how often do you stop to thank God for what you have?
PRAY: Thank God for His care of you, however complete that feels. Pray that you receive your daily bread and can be thankful for it. Commit to being faithful to God as your source of satisfaction.