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This week’s word is: Treasure
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We’ve all heard the stories.. the woman who threw out her mother’s old mattress only to find it had been stuffed with a million dollars in cash
… or the old lady in England who had all of her life savings under her mattress – in old, out of date bills.
… or the guy who kept all of his life savings in a bag… which he accidentally left on the roof of his car and drove off.
… or the myriad other stories of people who store up their treasure at home or somewhere ‘safe’.
We’ve also all heard the stories of pirates fighting over treasure or burying it on deserted islands and drawing cryptic maps to its whereabouts – and who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt movie?
The idea of storing up treasure is one that appeals to most, if not all, of us on some level.
Money makes the world go round, or so the saying goes, and who doesn’t want to have a stash of money set aside for retirement or just for a ‘rainy day’?
I grapple with the concept of storing up money on an almost daily basis.
I cannot deny the wisdom of thinking ahead, of planning for the future, no matter how unknown that may be.
The word ‘stewardship’ is thrown around in the Christian world a lot as well. We’re encouraged to be good stewards of what we have – and I totally agree with the concept… except people often take it too far and hoard riches for themselves in the name of ‘stewardship’.
My mind is constantly drawn though to the many New Testament passages which refer to the concept of relying fully on God for your provision.
And this is where it gets murky.
The bible firmly suggests that we should earn our food, that the worker earns his wages etc so relying on God means doing something about it, too – but where does life insurance fit into all of this?
Is paying money into a life insurance policy every month to make sure my wife is provided for should I die before her actually relying on God?
By doing that, am I saying that IF I die before my wife, God will no longer be able to provide for her?
And what about retirement plans? They say you should have at least $1 MILLION dollars saved in a retirement plan to be able to comfortably retire… but that sounds, frankly, disgusting to me.
Is it really right to store up that amount of treasure so that we can stop working and just enjoy life for our last few decades here on earth?
I mean, seriously. If Jesus was to walk into your room right now and ask you about the starving, the homeless, the destitute, the sick and the needy in your area, what would you be able to tell him?
If Jesus was to show you a man who had just died of starvation yards away from your house, how impressed would he be that you have half a million dollars in a retirement plan that you can’t touch for another twenty years?
I really wonder if we, if I have got our priorities straight? Is our idea of stewardship, of being responsible and wise actually just an excuse to store up treasure for ourselves?
I really wonder…..