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Where Your Treasure is is Where Your Heart Will Be
11 April 2016
I want to support Samuel's desire to share what he has learned, but I just don't share some of the conclusions he draws from his reading of the Bible - and he builds some of his practical suggestions from these questionable conclusions, so it's not something I can ignore when reviewing his first publication.
Sam's opening to chapter 8 seems to fall into the category of 'twisted concept' itself'. Is it really true that over 2000 years Christians have got their ideas about money 'horribly wrong'? Christ's injunction to us, at the end of his first teaching session to the masses, Matthew 6:19-21, says this "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Verse 21 seems to be the key - our focus needs to be not on our money, but on Christ.
In myth 5, in chapter 8, Samuel wrongly tells us that Jesus never said how much we should give. It's true that in the NIV rendering of the encounter in Matthew's gospel the amount is not mentioned, but look to Luke's account (Luke 18:22) or Mark's account (Mark 10:21) of the same encounter with the Rich young ruler and the amount is very clear - "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
I don't want to be picky, but there are a number of examples like this in what Samuel has written, so we need to be careful when we consider the conclusions he draws, and tread carefully when we base our own plans on these conclusions. Better, really, to read what Jesus did and follow His example.