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26 February, 2004 3:21 PM

Tuesday night at Livingroom we continued to work through the Sermon on the Mt - we were up to Mtt 6:19-21. 'Do not store up for yourselves treasures here on earth'.

Well - quite a challenging passage once again which I don't think any of us didn't squirm at least a little bit in as we fleshed out the passage over dinner.

At first we talked a lot about money and possessions, something that none of us have a whole heap of - most of us have made some sort of decision to live simply. But then we began to wonder if 'treasure' might mean other things for us. What do we store up - what captures our attention and thinking - what gives us a sense of worth.

The reality for us was that whilst we might not be hoarding physical riches that all of us struggle with our own treasures - whether they be hoarding knowledge, accumulating skills, thirsting after fun, experiences and novelty.

Of course none of these things are bad, nor is money or owning 'things', I guess the challenge comes when we look a bit deeper at our motivation.

The following verses (22-24) flesh it out a bit further. What is it that captures our 'eyes'. Our eyes are a lamp to our whole body - what we turn our gaze to, the things that consume our thoughts, are indications of what is going on with the rest of us.

The challenge is to 'let go' and raise our eyes from our treasures. Easier said that done - hence the squirming Tuesday night as we spent time honestly sharing our 'treasures'.



Ministry can be a earthly treasure,too.

Susan » 26 February, 2004 7:05 PM

I can't imagine that God would be concerned with this worlds monetary system. "It's God's money" I hear the cry of most. Most of the patriarch and patristic fathers of the church were wealthy people. Consider Luke 12:15-23, the rich mans problem wasn't his wealth, nor was it God's concern, the problem became apparent that rather than use it to the benifit of others (relationally) he kept it with the intent of gain, MORE, when under grace, generosity (2 Cor. 9:7) is the key to life, liberty, freedom and the true pursuit of happiness.

JC » 27 February, 2004 9:32 AM

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