Weekly REAP – Matthew 12

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The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12:35-37

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It’s eternally important what my treasure is. Jesus makes nothing uncertain about the truth that our words will reveal whether I ultimately belong with or without him because they reveal what my heart treasures above all. If my treasure is Christ, my speech will always be hopeful. If my treasure is anything else, money, family, comfort, pleasure, freedom, respect, etc., good things or bad, eventually my speech will start sounding hopeless. Even if I managed to maintain my idolatrous treasure my entire life, I can’t take it with me afterward.

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Lord, my speech lately has revealed I am counting financial security and comfort more valuable than you. Right now, I repent. Help me move forward in faith that whatever material things break down, or however much money we gain or lose, we will never lose you. When my finances or comfort are telling me there’s something terribly wrong, remind me that those things can never touch you. You are with me always, to the end of the age.


This post is part of my Weekly REAP series. I’m posting these from my personal journal to share what God is teaching me, and to give some practical examples of the REAP method.  I didn’t write any of these with publishing in mind, so forgive me if they don’t always wax eloquent. Here is some more information on the REAP study method.

 

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