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So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another. Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against one another, to maintain or increase our power, and to safeguard our own privileged position. Imagine all that effort being put in the service of peace and reconciliation! Would there be any poverty? Would there be crimes and wars? Just imagine that there was no longer fear among people, no longer rivalry, hostility, bitterness, or revenge.… We say, “I can’t imagine.” But God says, “That’s what I imagine, a whole world not only created but also living in my image.”

Why does Jesus forbid storing up earthly treasure?