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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Posted by Dr. Drew Shofner on

Matthew 6:21 Treasure

Do you realize that one of the greatest growth industries in modern America is the storage industry? The funny thing is as we gain more and gather more stuff that we don't need, we then have put this 'stuff' in storage. We can't get rid of it or give it to someone who might need it- God forbid! We're going to pay more money to store stuff that we don't have a place for in our new larger homes. How crazy is it to go into more debt paying more money to store more stuff? It's just an insane cycle!

The answer is deep soul searching and honest repentance (turning away from it).

What do I really want in life?

What do I really want to give myself to?

Is it true that he who has the most toys at the end wins?

That's not the narrative of Jesus!

Do you and I really want to give ourselves away for a noble cause? Men, do we really want to take up a fight in life that was worth fighting for in the end?

You see, faith is the currency of the kingdom. Just as our economy works on the gold standard and paper money, in the kingdom of heaven, it's not about knowledge. We don't work on a knowledge currency, it's about faith! Guys, money is never about money, it's about values. Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Eternal life has come and invaded the heart of a believer and now we live out of that expanded heart and vision. We're no longer locked into being self-centered consumers! We are now cross-carrying disciples and we live for a different purpose.

It's not about getting more stuff!

It's about making a difference in the world.

It's about loving the unlovable, and feeding hungry people.

It's about helping people who are addicted to drugs know that there is a purpose for their life, it's about answering brokenness.

It's about Jesus!

God could do anything, but He has chosen to work through the faith of His people. So, what happens in our community is all dependent on our faith and how we choose to give ourselves away. -Dr. Drew Shofner

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steve carter Mar 5, 2016 10:20am

Thank you, Drew, for sharing your family's investment of $24K in On The Road. You probably struggled with whether you should share that, and maybe your staff even had to talk you into it. As part of that, God challenged my family to increase our pledge to $24K. We are doing it. Not because the pastor is. Because we are obeying Christ who called our family to increase. I just wanted to share with you, Drew, that you were a part of the story. Thank you.

Once we set our hearts on obeying to this increase, I kept asking, "God, what about the $5 jar?" We were still looking for that "creative" thing to do, but it was an empty pursuit. In the way that God only can, He gave me the simple answer. "Your jar project is the increase I just asked you for." How awesome! Our original pledge was $12K. Now it's $24K. In obeying Christ, we have doubled the investment. Exactly what the servants did in the parable.

I absolutely love how obeying God leads to great stories. Often times, we tend to do that backwards, leading us to miss the mark. When we get so hung up on creating the next great story, we have put that above simple obedience. When simple obedience comes first, the story God creates is better than anything we could manufacture. Even further, the pursuit of the story can get in the way of worshipping Christ and Christ alone. When the story becomes the object, it replaces Christ as the priority.

We are so privileged that God has given us this opportunity to be obedient. Plain and simple. He didn't have to tie in the jar to this. But He did. It is an important initiative of His church. It's amazing how He solved our jar puzzle when we stepped into obedience, not even knowing it was leading to the jar solution!

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21 Treasure

Do you realize that one of the greatest growth industries in modern America is the storage industry? The funny thing is as we gain more and gather more stuff that we don't need, we then have put this 'stuff' in storage. We can't get rid of it or give it to someone who might need it- God forbid! We're going to pay more money to store stuff that we don't have a place for in our new larger homes. How crazy is it to go into more debt paying more money to store more stuff? It's just an insane cycle!

The answer is deep soul searching and honest repentance (turning away from it).

What do I really want in life?

What do I really want to give myself to?

Is it true that he who has the most toys at the end wins?

That's not the narrative of Jesus!

Do you and I really want to give ourselves away for a noble cause? Men, do we really want to take up a fight in life that was worth fighting for in the end?

You see, faith is the currency of the kingdom. Just as our economy works on the gold standard and paper money, in the kingdom of heaven, it's not about knowledge. We don't work on a knowledge currency, it's about faith! Guys, money is never about money, it's about values. Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Eternal life has come and invaded the heart of a believer and now we live out of that expanded heart and vision. We're no longer locked into being self-centered consumers! We are now cross-carrying disciples and we live for a different purpose.

It's not about getting more stuff!

It's about making a difference in the world.

It's about loving the unlovable, and feeding hungry people.

It's about helping people who are addicted to drugs know that there is a purpose for their life, it's about answering brokenness.

It's about Jesus!

God could do anything, but He has chosen to work through the faith of His people. So, what happens in our community is all dependent on our faith and how we choose to give ourselves away. -Dr. Drew Shofner

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steve carter on March 5, 2016 10:20am

Thank you, Drew, for sharing your family's investment of $24K in On The Road. You probably struggled with whether you should share that, and maybe your staff even had to talk you into it. As part of that, God challenged my family to increase our pledge to $24K. We are doing it. Not because the pastor is. Because we are obeying Christ who called our family to increase. I just wanted to share with you, Drew, that you were a part of the story. Thank you.

Once we set our hearts on obeying to this increase, I kept asking, "God, what about the $5 jar?" We were still looking for that "creative" thing to do, but it was an empty pursuit. In the way that God only can, He gave me the simple answer. "Your jar project is the increase I just asked you for." How awesome! Our original pledge was $12K. Now it's $24K. In obeying Christ, we have doubled the investment. Exactly what the servants did in the parable.

I absolutely love how obeying God leads to great stories. Often times, we tend to do that backwards, leading us to miss the mark. When we get so hung up on creating the next great story, we have put that above simple obedience. When simple obedience comes first, the story God creates is better than anything we could manufacture. Even further, the pursuit of the story can get in the way of worshipping Christ and Christ alone. When the story becomes the object, it replaces Christ as the priority.

We are so privileged that God has given us this opportunity to be obedient. Plain and simple. He didn't have to tie in the jar to this. But He did. It is an important initiative of His church. It's amazing how He solved our jar puzzle when we stepped into obedience, not even knowing it was leading to the jar solution!

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