Summary: This is lesson 10 in a series on the Sermon on the Mount.
Fix Your Treasures
What would you do for money? Many years ago, when this was still a large sum of money, a radio station in Chicago, WKOX, offered $10,000 to the person who came up with the most outlandish way to get the money. More than 6,000 people responded to the challenge, but the money went to Jay Gwaltney of Zionsville, Indiana. To get the money, Gwaltney ate an 11 foot birch sapling, leaves, roots, bark and all. For the event he wore a tuxedo and was seated at a table eloquently set with fine china and sterling silver. His only extra tool was a pair of pruning shears. He also enjoyed French dressing with this giant salad. Eating the tree took him 18 hours spread out over three days. At the end, he complained of an upset stomach.
This morning we continue our series from the Sermon on the Mount, Quick Sermons for Permanent Fixes. We are in Matthew 6:19 and Jesus is going to tell us how to fix our treasures.
Money is important. Sometimes we say “It’s only money” and we mean “It’s just money,” but money is more than money. Money is an indicator of our lives. In fact, money is one of the greatest indicators of our lives. Jesus speaks about money more than any other single topic recorded in the Bible. Jesus talks about money matters because Money mattes. It isn’t only money and we must learn how to fix our treasures if we would be kingdom people. Let’s read Matthew 6:19-24
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The first thing Jesus tells us about money is that it is temporary but you can invest in eternity. Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Jesus says that it is true, but only if the toys are in the right place. The story is told of a rich man who died and went to heaven. He was met at the gates and told that he would be shown to his mansion. As they walked, he observed some huge homes. These would be fitting for someone in my position, he thought. But then they came to small shack and he was told this was his house. “But this isn’t fair” the man sputtered, “everyone else has such nice homes and I have this little dump!” “We’re sorry, sir,” came the reply, “but we did the best we could with the materials you sent.” You see, you can’t take it with you, but you can send it ahead. So give your treasures the durability test. Will what you’re investing in pay off eternally? Not if it’s here on earth it won’t. Jesus doesn’t say not to store up treasures for yourself, he just cautions about where to put your treasures.