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Flipside Day 4

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Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21, 24  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also….No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Devotional: We all have a choice to make each and every day that we live.  We choose what we value.  And the evidence of what we truly value lies in the way we live and the choices we make daily.  What we choose shows what we treasure, and what we treasure reveals our heart and who or what is our master.

God’s purpose for you first and foremost is that you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  And when you live according to His purpose and in a way that you store up treasures in heaven, you are investing in something that can never be destroyed or taken. 

Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 are a great reminder that you cannot serve both God and money.  Most people don’t see themselves as “serving money”, but then again, it’s not often that a person stops and asks themselves, “What does how I spend my money say about me?”  Often people find themselves spending their treasures trying to impress others or “keep up with the Joneses” in order to obtain good standing among peers or in the community.  It’s a subtle trapping, but a trapping nonetheless.

You can choose to be intentional toward what you treasure being purposeful in God’s economy.  Or you can go with the flow of the world around you.  What will you choose?

Reflect:

  • Take some time to evaluate how you spend your money and what it says about what you treasure. Do you tithe? Are you generous to help others in need? Do you invest in God’s Kingdom work?
  • Pray about this and ask God how your choices might align with His purpose in greater ways.