Where’s Our Treasure?

Josh has been writing about the community he’s hopeful for. what i like about josh is that he dreams big. and many times he gets me to re-evaluate my own apathy and stiltedness. his last post has been my personal favorite because it’s something i’m always thinking about and having to repent from, spending money on things i really don’t need as opposed to spending on helping others. Randy Alcorn writes from his book “The Treasure Principle”:

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). That’s the second key to the Treasure Principle.

By telling us that our hearts follow our treasure, Jesus is saying, “Show me your checkbook, your VISA statement, and your receipts, and I’ll show you where your heart is.”

Suppose you buy shares of General Motors. What happens? You suddenly develop interest in GM. You check the financial pages. You see a magazine article about GM and read every word, even though a month ago you would have passed right over it.

Suppose you’re giving to help African children with AIDS. When you see an article on the subject, you’re hooked. If you’re sending money to plant churches in India and an earthquake hits India, you watch the news and fervently pray.

As surely as the compass needle follows north, your heart will follow your treasure. Money leads; hearts follow. [Pages 41-42]

In Orthodoxy we see our individual salvation intrensically linked to the other. So when we give to others, we’re not only helping them and loving them as we truly should, but we’re also helping ourselves. We’re dying to another aspect of our lives and being resurrected again in the image of Christ. The image of a love that goes beyond ourselves. Later Alcorn speaks about a scence from Schindler’s List:

At the end of the movie Schindler’s List, there’s a heart-wrenching scene in which Oskar Schindler–who bought from the Nazis the lives of many Jews–looks at his car and his gold pin and regrets that he didn’t give more of his money and possessions to save more lives. Schindler had used his opportunity far better than most. But in the end, he longed for a chance to go back and make better choices. [Page 78]

I know in my life i buy way to many things that i just don’t need. But hopefully i’ll come to the end of my life with much of that changed.  Josh ends his post with an indictive statement of the modern church:

And somewhere in India, Bolivia, Chad, Ghana, Atlanta . . . there is someone in need of something more than a fancy light show, a housing allowance, and a salary that lets you afford a $60,000 + vehicle.

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