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Matthew 6:19-24 Eternal Investments

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Sermon shared by Thomas H

August 2011
Summary: Matthew 6:19-24 Eternal Investments
Series: Matthew
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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investments, traditionally the safest investments have been cash in the bank and houses. There’s even the expression: “Safe as houses.” But even those traditionally safe investments haven’t proved that great in the last few years. Since 20008 and the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, our attitudes to investments have changed. The bottom fell out of the stock market. Some countries went bankrupt – or very close to it. Even the safe investments - like money in the bank, in some countires whole banks went broke and people lost their savings. And as for houses, good old safe houses. Today if you want to sell your house you may have to sell it for less than you bought it for, and they say it may be like that for the next 10 years.

Investments – they can be risky. And so too in Jesus’ day. Back then people tended to invest in expensive clothes, cloth, and precious metals, which is why Jesus says:

Matthew 619 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy

And if the moths and rust don’t destroy those investments, as Jesus says, thieves can break in and steal them. And similar things can happen to the things people invest in today. You can have shares or savings in a safe bank, and then a rogue trader in that bank loses all the bank’s money. You can have an investment property that gets flooded, and then the insurance company won’t come to the party. Jesus is telling us that no matter how sound we think our earthly investments are, there is always the risk they can lose their value – either partially or totally. And even if you do happen to dodge all the financial pitfalls and end your life with the most toys, end your life with a decent amount of wealth, well, as the saying goes, you can’t take it with you. Take Kerry Packer, one of Ausralia’s richest men ever. When he died in 2005 his net worth was estimated at about $6.5 billion. But in the end – he couldn’t take a single cent of it with him. And none of it is any use to him at all when he faces the judgement throne of God.

So Jesus is giving us investment advice. He says that laying up treasures on earth – earthly investments – that’s risky. A bad move. Can’t take it with you. But Jesus doesn’t just leave it there and tell us what NOT to invest in. He also tells us what we SHOULD invest in.

Matthew 620 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Treasures in heaven. Jesus tells us, have you considered that sort of investment? It’s an investment with eternal returns. Eternal – you can take it with you! And it will be waiting for you in heaven! A place where there’s no moths or rust, where there’s no thieves to steal, where there’s no rogue traders or governments that spend beyond their means, or insurance
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