In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt 6:19-20). But are we listening? Look around your house and think of the money you have invested in useless things. Perhaps it’s furniture nobody ever sits on, walls covered with expensive pictures, hobby items that normally collect dust or endless things that provide you with entertainment and fun (e.g., motorcycles and countless video games).
Somehow we rationalize in our minds that we are not storing up treasures on earth but very little reflection is required to see the truth of the matter. We simply like our things and tells ourselves that if we give regularly to our church all is well. I think Jesus would disagree. Somehow we have to get to the point where we begin taking the words of Jesus more seriously!
Jesus concludes the Sermon the Mount with some sobering words. He says, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell – and great was its fall” (Matt 7:26-27). And before this, He told us that we will know people by their fruits (7:15-20) and that not everyone who thinks they are right with God really are (7:21-23).
Is Jesus really your Lord? Is He a part-time Lord or a full-time Lord? Is He a Lord you ignore or a Lord you pay close attention to? I guess I could go on and on with this, but you get the point. “Jesus, help me pay close attention to what You say. Help me read Your words, ponder them and act on them. Show me my useless treasures I can stop hoarding. Help me use my money more wisely … for those in poverty, for Your kingdom.”