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Kevin Bennie

Dec 20, 2023 10:00 AM

What do you long for? - part 11 Stewardship

πŸ‘‡πŸ’₯ FULL DEVO BELOWπŸ’₯πŸ‘‡ In Jesus' flagship sermon - I mean, this is his "I have a dream" speech, its his Winston-Churchill-WW2 "never give up, never surrender" speech - he talks a LOT about how to operate in today, how to use today rightly as stewards for our Creator. The first bit that I want to look at is Matthew 6 where Jesus says this, 19 β€œDon’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matt 6:19-21 What are you working toward? Sure, you've got to pay some bills and get some Christmas presents, that is fine; well its all fine if it is working for what your are working TOWARD... See if we are trying to live just for today, or tomorrow, or next year's family vacation, or save up enough to buy that house, or enough for retirement...we miss out on the most important things. Jesus says that when what we are aiming for is just this temporal existence then we also put our heart in this place as well. But no, Jesus wants our hearts to be with him, our desire to be for him because, at a very basic level, Jesus knows this has some far reaching consequences. We'll get back to that tomorrow. But when what we desire is placed OUTSIDE of this world, and this time, it completely changes the way we live today. Much like operating life as a steward instead of an owner. We live open-handed with our possessions instead of tight-gripped with our resources. Instead of trying to build walls people to keep them out of our lives we open our doors to the possibilities that new relationships can bring. When our true treasure exists outside of time and space, when we seek to store up treasures in heaven, there isn't anyone who can threaten or damage what they cannot touch or see or steal. What are "treasures in heaven"? That is a whole different series! But I think it is fair to say that Jesus values these treasures over earthly ones. (Apparently they must be that good!) REFLECT What are some of your most valued possessions? What do you yearn for, long for? PRAY Ask God to speak to you regarding these things. Open your heart to him in the honesty of your answers from above.

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