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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dearly Beloved, WHERE IS YOUR TREASURY? “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2011
      Dearly Beloved,
      “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” (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV).
      The recent happenings in the world are confirming the biblical
      injunctions about financial and material possessions. To invest in the
      capital market used to be a good advice for people until the recent
      economic meltdown when the values of many shares in the stock market
      dropped drastically. Landed properties have been more valuable and
      dependable investment because they do not depreciate but appreciate in
      value. However, happenings like Hurricane Katrina in the United
      States, the recent tsunami in some Asia countries and the not-too-long
      earthquake in Japan that rendered many people homeless and destroyed
      many landed properties are making people to think twice now also
      before investing in landed properties. Many people have been greatly
      disappointed by turns of events. Some (if not most) people are now
      thinking of the best way to invest or save their resources for future
      The Bible clearly teaches in many places that one should not put one’s
      trust in worldly possessions, but rather to be rich towards God (see
      Job 31:24; Psalm 39:6; 62:10; Proverbs 11:14; 16:16; 23:5;
      Ecclesiastes 2:26; 5:10-14; Luke 12:21; 18:24; 1 Timothy 6:8-10, 17;
      Hebrews 13:5; James 5:1-3; 1 John 2:15-16). The above quoted passage
      (Matthew 6:19-21) is succinct about what one’s attitude towards
      worldly possessions should be and where one should keep them. Here,
      Jesus Christ was making it clear that a right attitude toward wealth
      is a mark of true spirituality. If one has the true righteousness of
      Christ in one’s lives, then one will have a proper attitude toward
      material wealth. This does not mean that Jesus was magnifying poverty
      or criticizing the rightful acquisition of wealth. It is not wrong for
      one to possess worldly possessions, but it is wrong for these things
      to possess one. One should not make them one’s utmost priority nor
      depend on them for future security and supply in time to come. The
      reason is that they are liable to loss and decay as that passage puts
      it and as it has been proven from recent happenings. Storing up for
      oneself treasures in heaven means making God the utmost priority and
      using one’s resources for His cause and the benefits of humanity. Only
      resources used for God, other people and oneself in edifying and
      beneficial ways are saved for eternal dividends.
      Where is your treasury? Where do you put your trust: in worldly
      possessions or God? What is your attitude towards worldly possessions?
      Do you see them as things that are temporal? Store up your resources
      in God and you will never regret you did.
      In His service,
      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
      This message is dedicated to people in Japan that were displaced by
      the recent earthquake. If you can, send financial and material support
      to these people. God bless you!

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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