Simon Davidson, our North West Eden Coach, shares the next of our Lent reflects on intersection of the rich and poor.
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.
A short time after becoming a Christian, the church I was a part of decided to launch an Eden team in the nearby Hattersley estate. My wife and I felt called by God to move in and join the team. But the thought of laying down the material things I’d worked so hard for scared me so much I literally ran away from the area and the church to avoid the calling. Obviously running away from God didn’t get me off the hook. As I prayed and considered this call to counter-cultural living, God gave me a peace about laying down the material things in my life. He gave me a heart and love for the people of Hattersley and helped me to understand that, as I shared the gospel and my life with them, I was storing up treasure in heaven.
We live in a world where the contrast between the rich and the poor is stark. Millions live in poverty, while others live with much more than they need. The world tells us that money brings power, influence and happiness. But Jesus teaches us that money and wealth have the potential to distract us from our walk with God and even prevent us from receiving eternal life.
Through today’s passage, as Jesus challenges his followers to store up treasure in heaven, I believe he’s calling us all to lay down our personal ambitions and focus our lives on building his kingdom.
The missionary Jim Elliot put it like this, ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.’
Father God help us to hold lightly to the things of this world, to fix our eyes on Jesus, to obediently follow you wherever you call us as you bring your Kingdom to those around us.