Summary: Great Sunday School lesson on Materialism.

Got Stuff?

Matthew 6:19-21

I. What good is all the stuff we have?

a. It makes us happy

b. It makes us popular

c. It makes us ????????? (What does it make you?)

II. What does God say about our Stuff?

a. It’s only temporary

Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

Psalms 49:16-17

For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

Proverbs 27:24

b. It will not satisfy us for very long

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

c. It determines our heart

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:21

i. Our attitude

1. Are we always desiring more stuff?

ii. Our motives

1. Do you want more stuff so you can be more popular?

iii. Our relationships

1. Do you put your stuff before your family and friends?

iv. Our Spiritual lives

1. Do you put your stuff before God?

III. How can we use our stuff to God’s glory?

a. It’s okay to have nice things

b. It’s not okay to put those things above God

[6] But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. [9] But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. [10] For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. [11] But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. [12] Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. [13] I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; [14] That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: [15] Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; [16] Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. [17] Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; [18] That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; [19] Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. [20] O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: [21] Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:6-21

Final Thought: God wants us to have nice stuff, but He always wants us to put Him first and to serve Him.

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