A Devotion Based on Matthew 6:19-34

What we cherish the most, will determined our choices and actions. We give priority of our time, energy, and focus based on what we value in life.

In Matthew 6:24 (AMP), Jesus said; “No one can serve two masters; for 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 God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. Jesus addressed that it was not about the goods or material itself. But instead the divided loyalty and distraction that come from the pursuit of earthly materials.

When we lose focus on what really matters, then worry and anxiety will start to consume our mind. Not to mention dealing with the aftermath of losing our focus. Accident happens when you shift your eyes off the road. Relationship suffers when you focusing on other things rather than your spouse or children. And what seems like an innocent distraction in the beginning, may lead to a stronghold or an addiction we cannot rid of.

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis tells the story of a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, seen from devils’ viewpoints. The book consists of a series of letters from a Senior Demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. There were a striking contrast between Wormwood and Screwtape during the rest of the book. Wormwood is depicted to tempt his patient into wreckless obvious temptations, while Screwtape takes a more subtle stance. As in Letter XII wherein he remarks: “… the safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts”.

Being a follower of Jesus requires complete devotion to God, trusting Him with every aspects of our lives. Not only He knows our every needs, He made a promise to supply all our needs according to His riches and glory. Worry is a distraction, it is allowing our mind to dwell and focus on troubles, instead of God’s goodness and abounding grace.

Anything that captures our hearts and drives our lives to fulfill our own selfish desires will distract us from what God wants for us. So, never let earthly possessions and treasures be the focus of our lives. Remember how briefly our days are on this earth, and what we have are given to us by God. Therefore, we should hold things loosely and fixed our eyes on the eternal values. Let us learn to be content and focus on becoming good stewards of the blessings God has given us.