29/04/2011

Treasures in heaven?

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money
 and be content with what you have,
 because God has said,

   “Never will I leave you; 
   never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5
In 1 Timothy, Paul tells us that money is root of all evils. This statement is verified every day when we hear or read about crimes being committed in order to obtain more money. 
If one is grumbling on one's condition and always thinking  that if one had more money, one's life would be more enjoyable, it implies that one is forgetting God's blessings in our life. 
Does it mean that we must stop working, be lazy ?
 Certainly not, we must remember that our Lord provides,
 let us put our trust in Him.
Jesus himself gives this warning:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, 
where moths and vermin destroy, 
and where thieves break in and steal. 20 
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where moths and vermin do not destroy, 
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
 (Matthew 6:19-20)
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, 
or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. 
You cannot serve God and mammon" 
(Matthew 6:19-24).
I found out that the meaning of mammon (more correctly spelled "mamon" from the original language) was a transliteration of a common Aramaic word. It was derived from the Hebrew word that meant "to be established" or "to be certain" ('ãman)1; and thus originally meant "to entrust"2.  In time, the meaning of the word changed from the positive idea of "that which is entrusted"  to the negative idea of "that in which a man puts his trust".
 Depending on who you talk to, the conversation may very quickly turn on money, 
whether people deplore the lack of it
 or on the contrary boast about what they have bought with it. 
Sometimes money can hijack your relationship with a loved one.
 If you are not on your guard, it can rote everything
Do you think that having a good job, a title, a good spouse satisfies you? 
Maybe your aim in life it to become famous,
 you treasure all the certificates that bear your name, 
the articles in the local or national press.
The reason why we always need money is that nothing 
we buy with it gives us lasting pleasure.
 21 Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 
22 But when the young man heard this statement, 
he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property. 
In Matthew 13:44  Jesus tells us that 
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, 
which a man found and hid again;
 and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
 
A prayer, Lord, thank you for your Love, thank you for Jesus, our saviour and redeemer. 
Help us to get rid of our material cravings.
 We seek you Jesus, our treasure, Light of the World, our true friend. In Jesus-Christ, Amen
 

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