A Matter of Focus; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions.

Do not…” rang across the mountain as Jesus continued. “…store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What did I treasure? Things of this world or the next? Our heavenly rewards have always been treasures in heaven. Everyone knew that. It’s a matter of focus, isn’t it?

Perishable things here or the eternal things.

Jesus continued, “The eye is the lamp of the body,” pointing to his own eye as he said it. “If your eyes are healthy,  your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

He’s speaking of a single eye, sincere, and focused? A healthy eye is considered good and generous; the unhealthy eye is evil and stingy.

If my focus is generous and good, I’ll be full of light; if it’s evil and stingy, then full of darkness. It’s still a matter of what we focus on. Here or heaven, good or evil things?

Jesus held up two fingers. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Sharing a slave was rare, and generally only if two siblings inherited one. Usually, they preferred one to the other. Makes sense, I’ve preferred one boss over another. The Sanhedrin over Ceasar.

So who do I serve, my things that I have or want here, or God?

Matthew 6:19-24

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