Sermon / homily:
Integrity of the Faithful
Source of meditation: Matthew 6:19-23
Public spotlight on problems of nation today is the issue of self integrity and character of the nation. Money is viewed as an absolute property that meets happiness. This encourages people to pursue worldly possessions with corruption. More and more people neglect and abandon the spirit of religious values and the Pancasila. As a result, the nation's integrity and character of the more questionable.
The solution offered by the observers and thinkers, law enforcement and education is character. Then how about we the faithful? What can we do?
Religion is a source of values that can serve as our nation's character as a child. Each religion offers the spirit of religious values that are not contrary to Pancasila.
Reading today confirmed the teaching of Jesus for us who believe in Him. At least three points that can build integrity and character we as believers.
The first, gather the heavenly treasure.
In conditions like today, the teachings of Jesus are very relevant, because many people become selfish and give an absolute value for money and property. Jesus reminds Christians that the goal is to collect treasure worth far more glorious and eternal, the heavenly treasure. This property can be anything that means noble and eternal, which is generated due to the lack of sharing, forgiving one another, to suffer for Christ, doing good, and so forth. That is a treasure to be collected by all Christians with all their heart.
Secondly, keep your heart in order not to be enslaved by possessions.
Heavenly treasures is not easy, because in essence is a matter of perspective. Christians should be careful not to be easily tempted by what he saw. Christians should also be aware that in relation to the property, we are required to be strictly between the use of property or property enslaved. When we are enslaved by the property, then we are further away from God, and vice versa.
Third, the eye is the lamp of the body
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body of light, if your eye is bad, your whole body gelaplah. ... If the light within you is darkness, how pekatnya darkness.
A parable is a very touching and profound. The eyes are one of the important organs in our body. Eyes are a good window to look out and to look into. Through our eyes can see what lies beyond us. If our eyes are good, we can catch our sights beyond the obvious. On the other hand, through our eyes, people can see what's on in our hearts. If our eyes are red, those that capture our hearts raging anger. If our eyes are puffy, people perceive that our hearts are troubled. If our eyes lit up, people perceive that there is joy in our hearts.
Given the importance of the eyes, then we need to keep and use the spring as well. The eyes are always directed to the good stuff will reflect the good. So, get used to listening to the good stuff.
Instead, the eyes are always directed to the bad things that will, reflects the ugliness. So, keep your eyes well, do not get excited, glaring things that are not good.
The third point is if we refelct and do nicely, it will bring us to joy. The integrity of ourselves even more firmly. We can be witnesses of Christ to those around us by way of the truth, Kings of Heaven.
We realize how much God loves us. For God confirms seek heavenly treasures, together with the search for the truth of God first, then happiness will be transferred to us. God does not want us to be worried, because it is he prepared for us in many ways he wants. It requires of us is faith in the truth of God. AMEN