Cardiac Treasure

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Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21, Common English Bible).

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. St. Augustine of Hippo.

I had never heard this Augustine quote until I ran across it a few days ago. I really like it. Out of all God has given you, take only what you need so there is some left for others.

When I read it, my mind went immediately to two things. I’m not sure which I thought of first. One was the Scripture above from Matthew. The idea to stop  collecting for my own benefit seems to be a foreign idea in our capitalistic society. We live in a work where enough is never enough. It is a world where people who already have millions keep it to themselves and try to collect even more for themselves. We just can’t seem to stop trying to gather more money and more stuff.

It is important, however, to realize this passage is not against the idea of saving. The Augustine quote is not against saving. Quite the contrary. To keep some of what you have because you are saving for the future is totally acceptable. It is the responsible thing to do. If we only keep enough for immediate need what happens to us when we reach a point in life when we can no longer work? What happens when the unexpected happens and we have nothing left? No, saving is taking a portion of what you have and saving it.

That brings me to the other thing that came to mind when I read Augustine’s quote. It is a quote by John Wesley, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. And, give all you can.” Wesley is saying to us that we need to be about more than just earning and giving. Saving is an important element as well. To be responsible stewards of what God has entrusted to us, saving must be part as well.

“Well, how are we supposed to know how much to save in order to know how much to give?” It is a good question. A few years back, I had someone tell me about something he called “The Rule of 80.” Take what you earn. Take ten percent off the top. That is the part to give. Take another ten percent. That is the part to save. We should live on the remaining 80 percent or less. If we have more than we need still, we have more to give away so we, “give all we can.”

I know of one preacher who says his goal is to flip the Rule of 80. He wants to reach a point where he is saving 10 percent, living on 10 percent and giving away 80 percent. Wow! What a goal!

In the end, people who are giving and share the treasure God has blessed them with are both healthier and happier. But the real thing is, if we are generous with what God has entrusted to us, God will bless our efforts.

Have a great day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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