HOW TO AVOID A DOUBLE STANDARD
MATTHEW 6: 24
JESUS CHRIST used His peerless capacity to draw
listeners' attention with a simple story illustrating a sublime truth.
He used eyesight to dramatize the importance of having undivided
Immediately He moved to use one of the many contenders
for our loyalty as an illustration of all. Following the story of what we
are willing to see is the story of who we are willing to serve.
Don't let Satan decoy you into thinking this is a message on
giving money. It isn't. That is peripheral. It is a message on who
you are going to serve. More specifically, it is a message on who or
what is your God.
Jesus Christ in simple clear terms said, "NO man can serve
two masters..." Though often tried it simply cannot be done. The
warfare between contending masters is waged daily on the
battlefield of human hearts. The conflict is between MATERIALISM
and NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY.
So completely has materialism saturated our outlook on life
that we can proceed only a short way on the road to Christian
maturity until this subtle cancer has to be diagnosed and removed.
Materialism is malignant. The desire for the things money can buy
and the earthly security money can create has always been a
challenge to Christian faith. It has never been as systematically
injected into the human soul as presently.
Christ knew of the human struggle with materialism.
In the gospels He told 38 parables. Out of the 38, 16
concerned how to handle our money.
Christ said more about money and possessions that He did
about heaven and hell combined.
In the gospels 1 out of 10 verses deals with money or
possessions. That is a total of 288 verses in the four gospels.
In the Bible there are more than 500 references to prayer
and less than 500 references to faith. There are over 2,000
references to money and possessions.
CHRIST APPEALS TO US TO...
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