Week Four – Day 5

Poor-and-Hungry

TODAY’S FAST – Eat only eggs for breakfast – Only rice, beans, vegetables with a small piece of chicken/fish and flat bread for lunch and dinner.

Devotional:

Read Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not store up for yourselves” is what most people hear when they read Matthew 6.  It sounds biblical and you’ve probably heard sermons against personal “storing up.”  Yet Jesus is saying the exact opposite in Matthew 6.  Take a closer look.  Surprisingly, Jesus is telling His disciples to store up treasure for themselves.  He simply warns them not to do their personal storing on earth because it is a bad investment plan.  Christ explains that treasure stored on earth will certainly rot, break, be eaten, or stolen.  Therefore the safest investment is to store up treasure in heaven.  But here is the part we often miss: Jesus instructs His followers to store up for themselves treasures in heaven.  Why?  Are heaven’s resources running short?  Isn’t it wrong to give just to get?  Simply put, Jesus is imparting a heavenly principle of God’s economy.  When we give to His kingdom through faithful church giving, helping the poor, or reaching the lost, God is glorified, others are impacted, and ultimately we are blessed both on earth and in heaven.  It is a win-win.

Lord, help me to see from an eternal perspective.  Help me to see my resources as you see them.  And help me store up for myself treasures in heaven!

Prayer Focus: 

Dear God, all of my hope is in you.  Thank you for how you supply for all of my needs.  You are a giver who gives good gifts to your children.  Help me to follow your heart in generosity.  Help me be rich in good deeds and willing to share that which you have blessed me with.

Key Verse:

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Matthew 6:20 NIV

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