Summary: Jesus presents a clear description of what it is followers are to be like internally and how they are to live outwardly in the Sermon on the Mount
Early 20th Century- medical missionary to China- Dr. Claude Barlow. There was- strange disease- no remedy for- killing many people. He treated hundreds of cases- took voluminous notes from his observations. After watching so many die- took his notes/vial w/germs from the disease- returned to US. Upon arriving he ingested- vial of germs/went immediately to John Hopkins Hospital where he had studied for- medical degree. He became very ill and submitted himself to the professors to study the affects of the disease. Eventually- discovered a cure- Dr. Barlow’s life was saved. Upon getting well he returned to China/saved many lives with the cure for the disease. (Told by Dana Chau)
SOTM-Mtt6-Jesus-saying-3 things-can do w/our life-
we can waste it living for the moment,
spend on activities that make us happy,
invest it helping people/building KofG
Dr. Bartow chose- help people/build God’s Kingdom.
How will we use our lives? (from Brian Moon)
Walking- verse by verse- through the SOTM.
Completed- Mtt 6:1-18- now look at 2nd half.
First half- talked about giving, praying, and fasting-
secret life before God/personal history w/Lord
V19- looks beyond our private life- to our public life-
money, possessions, food, drink, clothing, etc.
Some would couch it in terms of the …
inward spiritual life vs. outward secular life.
However, one of the greatest hindrances to spiritual growth is separating the spiritual from the secular.
For a Christian they are one- every activity is spiritual
The issue here is the durability of our treasure …
Treasures on earth- corruptible- insecure.
Treasures in heaven- incorruptible- secure.
What is Jesus actually forbidding a believer to do?
He is not saying it is wrong to …
save for the future,
enjoy the good things God has given to us.
What Jesus is forbidding is …
selfish accumulation of possessions,
insensitivity to the needs of the poor,
seeing our life as the total of our possessions,
Lk 12:15 Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." NASU
He is not talking against being wise and providing for our future, but warning against being covetous.
Job 1:21 He said, "Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord ." NASU
How about the current economic crisis?
lost thousands $ in investments
others lost their retirement
many too poor to have anything to lose, rising costs making life very difficult
Regardless of our situation, where have we put our trust- where is our treasure- is it secure/insecure?
What treasures can we accumulate-
1Co 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. NLT
We can invest in …
faith, hope, and love.
practicing a lifestyle of forgiveness,
raising our children to know the Lord,
sharing the Gospel w/others,