Matthew 6:19-34 The Traps of Wealth & Worry (click to listen or download)

Jesus warned people about the danger of life’s concerns crowding out God’s message of hope and salvation for the human heart:

And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word,and it proves unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19)

Some people spend too much time on the PURSUIT of worldly goods (the trap of wealth), and others waste time by THINKING TOO MUCH about the things God has already promised to provide (the trap of worry).  Most of us tend to one extreme or the other.

But what about trusting God day by day?  Jesus says that when we concern ourselves with the Kingdom of God and the things God cares about the most, then our other needs and priorities line up effectively.  The Apostle Paul said that he had learned what it meant to be content in every circumstance- Philippians 4:11-13. This is not an easy lesson to learn, but one that takes time and focus.  Only when we notice the pitfalls of focusing too much on possessions or daily needs, do we realize we need to change.

Would a wealthy person say at the end of his or her life, “I wish I had purchased a few more electronic devices”? Probably not.

Could you imagine a chronic worrier saying on their death bed, “I wish I had made it to the mall a few more times”?  Of course not.

Because in the grand plan of life, we realize our time is short. What matters most is making a difference for eternity- storing up treasures in heaven, as Jesus commands.  Treasures are not wrong, but the wrong kind of treasures can wreck your life.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV