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Recap – We left off with an overall message of: If we want to follow Jesus, we’re called to love, pray, and worship genuinely. It’s all about the nature of our hearts; the motives behind our worship need to be pure.
In this next section in Matthew 6, verses 19-34, the overall theme is best summed up as: If we want to follow Jesus, we should know that earthly possessions do not matter as much as trusting the Lord in all of life’s circumstances.
God and Money – Matthew 6:19-24
Money can consume us; whether we are in need or not. We can spend so much time thinking about how we are going to pay the electric bill in a very hot or cold month, how we’re going to fill our tank up again, or how we’re going to advance further, financially, in our life time.
Jesus warns us how money can become an idol – where we may have a lot of treasure, but none of that matters when you pass on to the next life; your spiritual treasures are what matters. So wich are you focused on?
Jesus said that the eye is the lamp of the body, so is your eye on God, or on money? If it is on money, you will notice that money consumes your thoughts, and you are never really satisfied with what you have. If God consumes your thoughts, though money is a natural part of life, it will not be the focus of your life.
Trusting God through observing nature – Matthew 6:25-34
Life seems simpler as an animal sometimes. You wake up, search for food, build nests or dens, sleep, repeat. Animals don’t have bills, they don’t have to buy clothing, or food; they just live. Is life hard for them? Yes – predators could get to them, and they have to survive the harsh winters and the hot summers.
For humans, its hard to say that God will provide for us sometimes because we know that some Christians die of starvation, some are homeless, and although these things happen, some of these people STILL are joyful. Why? Because they know that heaven is greater, that God is loving, and they let that hope carry them through, instead of letting their worries gain control over their tomorrows.
This passage seems to indicate that God knows and provides for our needs. I am going to be honest and say that I have a hard time accepting the view that God provides for the needs of a Christian when the starvation and homelessness of Christians exist. It would be easy for me to believe that God provides all of our needs because I have all of my needs…but what about those who don’t? Its difficult; its messy. For now, I have to trust in the God who gave me the greatest gift of faith, and pray for clarification for the rest. If you have any thoughts on this, please leave a comment!