Monday, Put your trust in God and store your treasures in heaven"
BIBLE READING: Matthew 6. 19-21
Where were you when the world stopped turning? This popular song by Alan Jackson comes to mind for many of us each year on this date. We can probably all remember where we were and what we were doing when the terrorist attack came on that day in 2001. Now 16 years later, the world still has an abundance of evil people committing unspeakable evil actions. When I watch or read the news, I often just want to shut it out of my mind. Wouldn’t it be uplifting if there were a news source readily available which exclusively featured stories of good news and people helping other people?
We read in the Bible that Jesus went about doing good. He also instructed his disciples not to be overly concerned about the affairs of this world. Before his crucifixion, he acknowledged his kingship, but clearly stated that his kingdom is not of this world.
As long as the Lord allows this world to continue until His return, there will always be wars and rumors of wars. We as Christians must live in this world, but we have the privilege of surrendering our lives to Him and not to be “Of this world.”
APPLICATION: Discuss what we as Christians can do for ourselves and each other to keep our lives Christ centered, instead of world centered.