Monday, August 13, 2018

 Daily Devotional

In this week’s sermon, Pastor Rick preached from James 5 where the apostle warns of the dangers of wealth. The following reflections come from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard and The Good and Beautiful Life by James Bryan Smith.

Matthew 6.19-21,33

“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.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Earthly treasures. Heavenly treasures. Anything that a thief could steal from us, a moth could nibble on, or rust can corrode, or wear and tear can ruin, is an earthly treasure. Treasures in heaven relate to the things God is doing. And we know that God is helping people. Treasuring our spouse, friend or neighbor is a very good investment. He or she is an eternal spiritual being who can return love and can bless the world. Thus, the best way to lay up treasures in heaven is to live out Matthew 6.33, which leads us to help others, investing our lives in ways that are in harmony with God’s character and actions.