3.25.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 54. Take anything day.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19.

The Sermon on the Mount continues here. Jesus is emphasizing what it means to lead a righteous life on earth. Those hearing Him for the first time may have been surprised how different His message sounded, compared to Israel’s religious leaders. Most religious leaders in that era focused entirely on words and actions—on outward behaviors. Jesus has been teaching that what God cares about most, and what ultimately determines righteousness, are the motivations of a sincere heart. What we do and why we do it both factor into God’s approval.

Now Jesus turns to focus on money and possessions. He tells His followers not to stockpile material goods in this life. He will soon clarify why this is such a dangerous practice. He begins here by saying that money and possessions are not dependable. They are easily lost. Clothing and other fabric can be eaten by moths. Metal objects rust. Thieves skillfully identify the wealthy and break into homes to steal their goods. Disaster and chaos can take every material possession we have in an instant.

We have this beautiful day just about every 2 weeks in my town. A day where we can put anything out on the curb and it magically disappears the next morning. Someone takes it. It’s magnificent. We call it “Take Anything Day” and we love it.

So, because we have this amazing opportunity every 2 weeks. I try almost every time it happens to have something out there. It’s a continual purge in my home. We have so much “stuff” and need to get rid of it….like really…just get rid of it. Get rid of all of the junk that we’ve accumulated over the years.

Kind of like life right. We have so much baggage, so much junk in our lives. So much emotional and physical baggage that piles up in our minds, our hearts, our souls that sometimes we can’t get out of our own way. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees as that old saying goes.

Jesus here, so very very clearly, is telling us to take part in the purge. Every 2 weeks, take the junk out. Get rid of it. It’s all eroding, decaying garbage anyway.

The things that last? Love, peace, hope, goodness, kindness. These are the traits that the Father wants to teach us. These are the items to store.

7 Comments

  1. Peggy F on March 25, 2021 at 4:11 am

    What a terrific analogy, the “take anything day” to purge the ” junk”! And , with Jesus, every day is that ” take anything day”, He tells us in 1st Peter 5:7 “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you”!! Amen, Jesus, this day, I cast all my cares, all the many ” pieces of junk” that accumulate in my heart, I cast it all , on You!!! Amen

  2. Diane J on March 25, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Love the idea of Take Anything Day As I was reading I glanced around the room I am and Yes I have too much junk my Mom once told me if you haven’t wore it or used it get rid of it. I TOO would like to rid myself of the emotional junk I carry thats where the Serenity Prayer comes in dailey
    GOD BLESS YOU DAVE

  3. Patti S on March 25, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I love the idea of the ‘take anything day’. Such a cool way to declutter.
    But I also thought, there is another part to ‘take anything day’, it’s the taking.

    It’s both, getting rid of and not picking up.

    What resonated with me is to keep focus on what is important to God, not to the world. Specifically, oh my goodness, the world is a mess!! Switch the focus as to where I put my thoughts, my energy, my gifts………

    God’s got this. Let Him guide the throwing out and picking up!

  4. Suzanne on March 25, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    God’s take anything day…

    Isaiah 43:25

    25 “I, I am he
    who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
    and I will not remember your sins.

    Hebrews 10 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, declares the Lord:
    I will put my laws on their hearts,
    and write them on their minds,”
    17 then he adds,
    “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

    • Peggy F on March 25, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      AMEN ! Suzanne !

    • Patti S on March 25, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      I love it!!!

  5. Sherri H on March 27, 2021 at 12:23 am

    amen awesome word

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