but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. – Matthew 6:20
Where’s your treasure? What are you doing to invest in long term security? Why not make sure your most important investments are guaranteed a great return!
If you’re reading this devo online, in a few minutes you might move on to other websites. As you do, pay attention to what grabs your attention. What pics or words prompt you to pause for a second look? What links do you click on, and why?
When Jesus said the eye is the lamp of the body (Matthew 6:22), He was alluding to the ancient belief that the eye was an internal fire. Light proceeds from the eye, interacts with the light emitted from the object of focus, and then returns through the eye and penetrates into the heart.
You become like whatever draws your attention. If your eye is “good,” literally “single” or “simple,” your commitment to purity and truth will flood your entire body with light (Matthew 6:22-23). But if you play both sides of the street—if you embrace provocative pictures, rumors, or vitriol, then your whole body will become shrouded in darkness. The virtual world can do real damage to your soul. What items on the Web light up your eyes?
Advertisers use sex, gossip, and greed to create sticky sites that are difficult to leave. An evil eye will rationalize hanging around. You know better than to click on that racy story, but you tell yourself it won’t hurt this once. And so you awaken the appetite of lust, and now every time you log on you hope to ogle something new, and soon your shriveled soul is harboring dark and shameful secrets.
Many sites get rich luring people to their destruction, so the most dangerous thing you can do is mindlessly surf the Web. Take Jesus with you online. When possible, use the Web in the presence of others. And remember that whatever lights your eyes can also change you.
Abba Father, I know that the only true security I can ever have is in you. Please give me wisdom as I seek to use my time, my talents, and my treasure to honor you and bring others to you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
DEVOTION written by Mike Wittmer; PRAYER written by Phil Ware