Tuesday, September 20
Matthew 6:19-24 TNIV
“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 healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, 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 you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot faithfully serve both God and Money.“
He was not presenting a new set of laws, but demanding a new loyalty to his person. The loyalty to his person was to be expressed in carrying out the things he embodied. He was the embodiment of the Sermon on the Mount, and to be loyal to him meant to be loyal to his way of life. “For righteousness sake” was the word of the past; “for my sake” was the new word. “For righteousness sake” was the fulfillment of a law; “for my sake” was the fulfillment of a Life… the new law was a Life. This lifted goodness out of legalism and based it on love.
E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the Mount.