SAID, "SELL"; INSTEAD, WE BUY
who are disciples of Christ claim that our purpose on earth is to lay up
treasures in heaven. But our actions often belie our words.
Christians build for themselves fine houses, lay out splendid gardens, buy
lands. It is small wonder, then, that many pagans refuse to believe what we
say. "If their eyes are set on mansions in heaven," they ask,
"why are they building mansions on earth? If they put their words into
practice, they would give away their riches and live in simple
these pagans conclude that we do not sincerely believe in the religion we
profess and, as a result, they refuse to take this religion seriously.
may say that the words of Christ on these matters are too hard for you to
follow; and that while your spirit is willing, your flesh is weak. My answer
is that the judgment of the pagans about you is more accurate than your
judgment of yourself. When pagans accuse us of hypocrisy, many of us should