Jesus’ Relationship with Things and People: Christ’s Humanity (June 18, 2013)

Matthew 6:20-21 “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

“Lifelong Goal: You will become like Christ in your relationship to material things.  God’s agenda for your life, friendships, and control of your speech.” {p. 156, “The Mind of Christ Workbook“}

Jesus’ example of how to live did not include making a lot of money or accumulating lots of possessions.  Jesus did not have a place to lay His head, but God provided everything He needed.  His disciples left their homes and their families as well as their livelihood to become His followers. God took care of them.

We too often follow the world’s philosophy which tells us we need more or better or bigger.   All we truly need is food, water and clothing, a roof over our head.  We add all of the other stuff–but our stuff can easily be taken away from us–by acts of nature or criminal acts.  We can’t take our stuff with us when we die; however, we can take our love, the way we treated other people, everything we gave away.

[Read Luke 16-18]

Luke 16:9 Here’s the lesson: “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends.  Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

Father God,
It is easy to become wrapped up in the trappings of materialism.  Please help me let go of my grip on things.  Help me teach my children not to crave wealth but relationships.  Amen.

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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