The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/18/1997):

Life of God-Worship
Here's another WORSHIP QUOTE from the Sermon on the Mount, this time from
chapter 6 of Matthew's gospel.

First, how good is your memory?

". . . for where your treasure is, there ____________ ."

Here's the way this section reads in THE MESSAGE. Notice the heading that
Eugene Peterson puts on these verses.

"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by
rust or - worse! - stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it
is safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's obvious, isn't it? The place
where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up

"Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder
and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed
and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your
windows, what a dark life you will have!

"You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the
other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God
and Money both.

"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you
don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in
your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life that the food you
put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang
on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job
description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than

- Matthew 6:19-24 from THE MESSAGE: The New Testament in Contemporary
English, by Eugene H. Peterson, NavPress, 1993.

Have a great week of God-worship,

Chip Stam