19 “Do not put away riches for yourselves on earth. Moths and rust can destroy them. Thieves can break in and steal them. 20 Instead, put away riches for yourselves in heaven. There, moths and rust do not destroy them. There, thieves do not break in and steal them. 21 Your heart will be where your riches are. 22 “The eye is like a lamp for the body. Suppose your eyes are good. Then your whole body will be full of light. 23 But suppose your eyes are bad. Then your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light inside you is darkness, then it is very dark! 24 “No one can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one of them and love the other. Or he will be faithful to one and dislike the other. You can’t serve God and Money at the same time.
This passage brings back a special memory while I was still studying at Uni. I had just received $80 as a gift and it was sitting in an envelope in my backpack. I met a cleaner in the library that day, I had never seen him before.
I was overwhelmed with a feeling that the $80 was meant for him! So I prayed ‘Lord, if I am meant to pass that $80 on to him, then cause me to run into this man tomorrow”.
The next day, in the bathroom, I ran into this man. I forgot my prayer to God and walked out. Then I remembered. I pulled out my Bible and said “Lord, show me what to do!” I didn’t want to do something foolish.
I opened my Bible and my eyes fell immediately on this passage.
I found the man, told him I felt God wanted him to have this envelope, and left feeling overwhelming joy! Between studying and working with Student Life at Sydney Uni I have been there for over 12 years – I have never seen that man again.
“Lord, everything we have comes from you, may we have one master. When we look at things through your eyes, we see there is always enough. We do not need to hold onto possessions. Lord sometimes I am deceived, and think I need other things. All I need is you, may all possessions and finances flow through me like a river!”
Written by Andrew Mellor