Summary: Ever wonder what should be your primary concern in life? Why does Jesus mix money/treasure/materialism with spiritual things like good deeds & prayer? Find out . . .
Making the Kingdom your Primary Concern
Matthew 6: 19-34
Background info: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned, “Unless your righteousness exceeds the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom.”
Jesus speaks of good deeds, prayer, and then as one preacher called it “The sermon on amount.”
What does money/treasure/materialism have to do with spiritual things like good deeds & prayer?
Money and material things are such important issues b/c they can sidetrack us from what ought to be our primary concern in life-our spiritual health.
It is so easy for us to change our focus from day to day and week to week.
Discipleship Journal Magazine: everyday Christians said their #1 greatest spiritual challenge was materialism.
I hear Jesus saying to us: “If you want to live a kingdom of God kind of life here and in the hereafter, you better listen to what I have to say about money/possessions.”
I believe Jesus is saying that you ought to make the kingdom of God your primary concern.
Why should you make the kingdom your primary concern?
v.19 because nothing else matters (moths eat, thieves steal). Anything that isn’t part of the kingdom of God will be gone someday.
There is a contrast between storage options.
Do you want to know whether or not you are on track using the proper storage option?
Take the storage test.
* Store treasure in heaven v.20 (Storage Test)
v.21 it is a safe investment; can’t rusted or be stolen
How do I store up treasures in heaven?
Jesus says, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
Are you storing up treasure here on earth, or are you using what you have to further the kingdom?
How can your job, home, car, marriage, your money impact the kingdom?
* Purify your eyes (Vision Test) v.22
v.22 how you view life either brings sunshine into your life or plunges you into darkness
Psychologists asked “What makes people happy?” Them came to the conclusion that materialism is toxic for happiness. Even rich materialist aren’t as happy as those who care less about getting and spending.
Toxicity: just watch a reality show with $ as the primary concern of the game and you will see how toxic materialism can be.
*Choose your master (Control Test) God or money v.24
v.24 there is no middle ground
It is really a question of whether you think you own your own stuff or whether you think God owns it.
If you own the stuff, then you have to worry about it all the time and accumulate more.
If God owns it then you can put it in His hands and let Him worry about it. You can see yourself as less of an owner and more of a steward.
Choose your master well. Money is a tough task master.
Example: Jesus & the rich CEO (You cannot serve God and money)
*Have more faith (Faith Test) v.25
How can I have faith?
v.25 life consists of more than food & clothing
It is when we get beyond the materialism of life that God can begin to make a difference with us.
Worried about groceries this week?
You heavenly Father feeds the birds.
Can worry add a single moment to your life?
Worried about what to wear this week?