In my quiet time this morning I was reading in Matthew when Jesus was teaching about money. Let’s look at it:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6: 19-21)
The commentary in my study bible described it this way: Storing up treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. (emphasis mine).
The interesting thing that really jumped out to me was what Jesus talked about right after His “money” talk. Worry. This is a common theme with a lot of people I have conversation with. They are afraid that if they are obedient to God in their tithes, they “worry” about if they will have enough money to buy groceries for the month. Or they worry if they will have enough money to pay their bills. The list can go on and on. But Jesus ends this chapter by saying this:
33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
So what does “seek first the kingdom and his righteousness” mean? It means to turn to him FIRST for help, to serve and obey Him in everything FIRST!
What are some things right now that you are worrying about? Are you putting those things FIRST rather than His kingdom and His righteousness? The definition of “Happy” is this: Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. (emphasis mine). One of the synonyms was “untroubled.”
So in the words of Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t worry, be happy!
Looking forward to leading you in worship this Sunday,