Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:19-34).
As our eyes become steadfastly fixed on wants from this life, as we stare into the familiar of what we reason in our minds to be so, we can easily find ourselves trusting only in that which is reasonable and comprehensible.
Claiming to be people of faith does not make faith real. Engaging in religious activities does not instill true belief, but practiced religion.
We see a lot of the same problems in the church as we see in the rest of the nation. The dreams and ambitions of church going people have few differences from those desires of the unchurched. The churches are filled with people who have similar problems as the unchurched population and persist in solving problems the same as those who do not know God. By using their personal resources and their own reasoning powers.
We have got to stop looking to the world around us as an example of how to live life. We must embrace a higher standard of living through the teachings of Christ. We cannot go on looking for answers as the rest of the world does and expect God to bless it. He has established a way that is right and it is not the way that leads to death but to life.
The eye is the lamp of the body, Jesus tells us. But the lamp cannot shine forth if the eye is full of the darkness of this present age.
Somewhere along the way a choice has to be made: "Will I forsake my desires from this world, or will I cling to them?" "Will I care more about what I can get out of this life, or how much I can give?"