I heard about an expert in diamonds who happened to be seated on an airplane beside a woman with a huge diamond on her finger. Finally, the man introduced himself and said, “I couldn’t help but notice your beautiful diamond. I am an expert in precious stones. Please tell me about that stone.” She replied, “That is the famous Klopman diamond, one of the largest in the world. But there is a strange curse that comes with it.”  Now the man was really interested. He asked, “What is the curse?” As he waited with bated breath, she replied, “It’s Mr. Klopman.”

Seriously, the true cur22019_actualse of any kind of valuable possession is its capacity to steal our hearts and souls.  As Jesus said,

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

This passage is one of many references Jesus made to the use of money and possessions. In fact, someone has calculated that about 15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic — to give you a little perspective, that’s more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined.

So why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? The reason is that there is a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle our money. We may try to separate our faith and our finances, but God sees them as inseparable.

God doesn’t care so much about your money. He wants your heart. But He knows that your heart will always follow your treasures. That’s the curse of all that we own.

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – TFTD

God bless you all and have a great week,

Michael