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The first financial advice Jesus wants to give: don’t put all your efforts into this world

Money Connection
Storing Your Treasurers – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-21

Key Verse: Matthew 6:19

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

Jesus wants to connect with your financial responsibilities. He knows how important money is to everyone. He also knows that if His followers make it the MOST important thing in their life, they will never experience the abundant life He came to give us. Jesus included finances in His Sermon on the Mount because He wants us to make some smart and eternal decisions about money. If we are truly following Him, we will make Him our main financial advisor.

The first financial advice Jesus wants to give us is not to put all your efforts into this world. In other words, don’t plot and plan for ONLY the advancement in this world. We all want enough to have the comforts of this world; that is human. However, good financial thinking has to include some planning for your future; it’s called long range planning. Here is a fact that you & I had better get straight, it’s appointed (destined) for each person to die once and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Are you making plans for that inevitable event? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins? Have you surrendered control of your life to Him; all of you? Are you becoming a “giver” in life, and not just a “taker”? The more you give away in order to help others, the more you give to your “long term planning” future. Jesus said you are storing up treasures in heaven.

The reason this kind of planning leads us to abundant life is that we don’t have to worry about losing our investment in eternal matters. If you invest every ounce of money & energy into this world, you have lots to worry about. Our world has been through many financial downturns & disasters; people lost everything! As long as this world exists, financial disaster is a possibility. But what we invest in God’s kingdom will never go away and will always pay big dividends! (Continued)

Father, I will invest in you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.