“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURE IN HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Have you ever noticed that life is filled with choices?
Yet, very few choices that we make on a daily basis, and over our lifetime, are more important and, yes, more difficult–at least for those of us living in the prosperous West–than whether we choose the way of the cross or will we settle for the way of the world, which is to save, spend, and splurge upon ourselves, and only those closest to us, rather than sacrificing for Christ and the cause of Christ!
Jesus was fairly clear on this matter. We have to choose. And our choices have consequences for us and those God intended for us to be a blessing to.
During the days of the Iron Curtain, a persecuted Romanian pastor told a group of people: “In my experience, 95 percent of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it, while 95 percent who face the test of prosperity fail it.”
This was Thomas Carlyle’s point when he said, “Adversity is something hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
Of course, Jesus said it much better than either of these men.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other … YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMOM” (Matthew 6:24).
TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE!!!