Meditation: Matthew 6:19-24

 

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light, 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

            As I have meditated on this passage, I have found it to be very so applicable to everyday life. Each individual verse is challenging to me and my personal walk with the Lord, and is packed full of wisdom!

In verse 19, I find that nothing here on earth will last and everything is temporary. This fact brings to mind the testimony of Dwight L Moody. On October 8, 1871, in the Chicago fire, Moody lost virtually all of his worldly possessions. In less than 24 hours, his church (which had become a form of security in his life) burned to the ground, along with several other ministries. When we think of God allowing a church to burn to the ground, it is hard to imagine why He would let something like that happen. Often, things may not be evident until we stand back and view the “big picture” in life that we see what the Lord had in store. It turns out that the events of the fire let to great revival in Moody’s life and God used him to reach thousands of people as a result!

Often I lose sight of eternity. It is easy to get caught up in the things of this life and not give much thought to the significance and length of eternity. When I think of the amount of treasures that I have stored up in heaven, I see that I have been guilty of having more of a present-focused lifestyle than a future-focused lifestyle. Possibly I have had more of an inward-focused lifestyle than an outward-focused lifestyle. When we share Christ with someone, or serve in His name, there is nothing in this world (or outside of this world) that can take away the rewards that we will receive in heaven for such an action.

It is obvious that people talk about things that they enjoy. Have you ever been around someone where all they talk about is cars? Chances are, one of the most important things to them is vehicles since that is all they talk about. Do people know that I love the Lord because of the things that I say and do? Do I have a passion for Christ? Is He my TRUE treasure?

Verse 22 lines up with so many stories that I hear within the ATI circle. I always hear someone like Mr. Gothard giving testimonies of how people talk about the light they see ATI students’ eyes and countenance. Am I a living testimony to everyone who sees me? Do they look at me and say, “There is something different about that guy?” Have you ever seen someone and thought how dark they appeared? Many times, it is obvious that people do not have the love of Christ in their lives and do not have Him controlling their lives.

When I read verse 24, the first thing that comes to mind is 1 Timothy 6:10, which says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Just as God tells us in His word, it is impossible to be motivated and driven by the desire for wealth and, at the same time, be fully devoted to the Lord.

 

By Zachary Childers