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God’s Living Word Today - Friday, June 18, 2021

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Mt. 6:19-23

Where Is Your Treasure? Human beings were made to worship. Everyone worships either the true God or a “god.” As Our Lord pointed out, wherever our treasure is, wherever our heart is, that is our God—or our false god. Some people worship fame, honor, or wealth. They may go to church on Sunday, but their thoughts dwell on other things and, in their free time, they rush to do what they really love above all else. The concept of false gods is as old as human nature. False gods don't just fail to save their followers; they destroy them. The Old Testament, especially the book of Judges, tells of the stories of many people who left God for some other idol and found themselves enslaved rather than saved. The idols of old required human sacrifice to be satisfied, but modern idols (addictions, materialism, etc.) just drain the idol-worshippers' life slowly. So when God commanded, "You will have no other gods before me," he wasn’t motivated by petty jealousy. He was proposing a life-saving intervention. By adoring God, we adore him who said, "I am the Life," and he gives us life everlasting. 

Father Dennis





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