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When We Get It Right

By on November 19, 2017

Rev. Laura Brewster

Matthew 6:19-21


Seti I may have been the Pharoah of Egypt when Moses was born. During his reign, he built his kingdom through military action. He also focused on building an enormous tomb that would eventually house his body. Seti I spent huge resources on himself in his life as well as huge resources on the tomb he thought would lead him to the afterlife. 1300 years later, Jesus would come to build up a different kingdom-the kingdom of God. He built it with love. Unlike Seti I, Jesus would teach that we are to use our resources to show our love for God and neighbor and not just to please ourselves. Jesus also taught that being generous toward God can help us maintain a bond with God in this life – a bond that can lead to eternal life.

We Get It Right When “Rich Toward God”

Jesus talked about money time and time again. Jesus talked about money more than he talked about heaven and hell combined. Eleven of the 39 parables talk about money.

One parable was about a man who had an unusually large harvest Instead of sharing a portion of that harvest with God and with others, the man simply built a bigger bam so that he could keep the harvest for himself. Jesus finished the story this way: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21) Jesus is saying that our behavior now has implications regarding what happens when our earthly life comes to an end. When we get it right – when we use our resources of time and money in a way that is pleasing to God – it can bind us closer to God and lead us into a relationship with God that is eternal in nature.

In Matthew Jesus is quoted as saying, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal; For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Again, Jesus is saying that how you use what you value your time and treasure – can either draw you away from God or draw you closer to God. His counsel is clear: use your treasure in a way that helps you treasure God.

God Also Calls for Us to Be Generous So He Can Use Us to Help Others

Clearly, Jesus taught about money time and time again to help us stay in relationship with God. However, Jesus also taught his followers to be generous because he wants to use us to bless others. He wants us to use our resources as a part of his larger effort to help others, love others, lift others up. Consider the people who have helped lift you up and help you move forward in life. Now consider who God is asking you to lift up and move forward. Whose life can you impact if you share your time and talent and treasure?

Your church has been able to lift up others this year. Your gifts made it possible.

We Are All Called to Prayerfully Consider How We Will Respond to the Call To Generosity

In short, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13) If you
choose God as your Master, it will impact how you use time and treasure now. I invite you to give prayerful thought to how you will respond to the Master’s call to live a that is generous toward God and a blessing for others.

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