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Sermon on the Mount: Week 8

Sermon on the Mount: Week 8

by Travis Troyer on November 13, 2020

Treasure In Heaven 
(Matthew 6:19-24)

Imagine a world without banks.  No digital currency, no stock investments, just straight cash.  Do you bury your savings in the backyard?  Do you keep it locked up in your basement?  What would you do?  Would you be more stressed? On edge?  Would you secure your home and be on guard against thieves breaking in to steal your money?
Jesus tells us to “lay up” or accumulate treasures in Heaven.  Treasures in Heaven are eternal, not temporal.  We don’t have to worry about thieves breaking into our homes to steal our treasure because the treasure Jesus is talking about isn’t kept here.  Treasure on earth will deteriorate, but when we strategically and sacrificially use our money and possessions to serve others in love and advance God’s Kingdom purposes we store up for ourselves treasure in Heaven.
Our heart follows our treasure.  There is a false sense of security that money and possessions make us feel.  The more we gather possessions in order to feel secure, the more we feel we need them in order to be secure and the more we need to guard them to maintain our security.  Money is attractive to us. It makes us feel good because it gives us power and choice. But the desire for money can overtake us, and we end up worshipping it as our god. This is materialism—a devotion to money and the things it can get us.
Jesus says “no one can serve two masters.”  We cannot have divided loyalties.  We are able to possess things and use them for God’s Kingdom purposes, but we must be careful not to allow things to possess us.  When Jesus is our treasure we will commit our resources—our money, our time, our talents—to His work in this world.
Weekly Reading - Matthew 5-7; Matthew 13:44-46; Luke 12:13-21; Luke 19:1-10
What “earthly treasures” are you tempted to find security in?
Do you prioritize what you have (money & possessions) to serve others and advance God’s Kingdom?  Why or why not?
*If you would like to discuss this more or would like help trying to figure out how to do this,reach out to Jill and she will connect you with a pastor.
What steps can you take to make Jesus your treasure?

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