Madison Christian Church

Devotional – July 14, 2014

 We sometimes take our eyesight for granted.  Nearly everything we do depends upon our ability to see.  Imagine going through a day entirely blindfolded and the limitations that would set upon you.  Someone who is blind physically lives in total darkness.  Their bodies could be in a well lit room or outside on a cloudless day at noon time but as far as they are concerned, it may as well be midnight in a windowless room, with the lights turned out.

In Matthew 6:22,23 Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body is 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.”

Money and material wealth exercise power over us by blinding us with greed.

Materialism has the power to blind us spiritually.  When this happens, it leads to moral darkness, and we lose our sense of values and become ruthless and angry and it destroys us and our relationships with others.  Jesus just spoke about laying up spiritual treasures because material treasures are so temporary.  After these verses he goes on to tell us not to worry about the material things of this life because pagans “run after these things.”  We should be different.

Instead of seeking money and materials we should be seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness (Matt. 6:33).  One of the greatest ways to loosen the hold money has upon us is by investing it in God’s kingdom.   One way we know money has no hold over us is when we are able to give generously to God’s kingdom rather than asking, “How little can we give and still be okay?”