Summary: Part 15:Sermon on the Mount Series - Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth...but in Heaven.
The Great Commission
Part 15 – Sermon on the Mount – Treasures in Heaven
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith – www.PS127.org
INTRODUCTION TO SERMON
† The Sermon on the Mount – The Beatitudes
† We are the Salt, staying pure with God’s Holy Word
† We are the Light, showing that Word to the World
† Hate is same as murder
† Lust the same as adultery
† The Law of Love
† Praying/How to Pray
Matthew 6:19 – 24 Treasures in Heaven
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
I. DO NOT
a. Verse 19 is clear “do not”
b. Moth and rust destroy (LIT. cause to vanish)
c. Thieves steal
Jesus tells us what we SHOULD do.
Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
Where moth and rust cannot make it vanish, and thieves can not steal it.
Jesus tells us WHY we should build our treasures in heaven as well.
Because where your treasure is, there your heart (love and devotion) will be.
Your Treasures = your Love & Devotion
What is treasure?
Matthew 13:44 – The Kingdom of Heaven
In Verse 43 – Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
The treasure Jesus is speaking of is not money, gold or jewels.
He is speaking of love, devotion and faith.
This is another heart matter Jesus is addressing.
Jesus is saying “Do not be concerned with the things of this world. Be concerned with things pertaining to the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Because, where you concern is, that is where your love, devotion and faith are.
Where is your love, devotion and faith today?
Are you concerned with the things of this world?
Where is your heart today?
Because where your concern is, that is where your heart is.
II. YOUR HEART IS GOOD OR BAD NOT BOTH
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
The literal Greek says, “If the eye of you is sound, then the whole body of you is light.”
If your focus, or goal or direction before your eye is CORRECT, or proper, then you will be filled with light.
That is, the light of God dwelling within you in the form of the Holy Spirit.
So we can be the light of the World Jesus was telling us to be a few verses earlier.
The literal Greek continues, “But if the eye of you is evil, then your whole body is dark. And if your whole body be dark, the darkness will be great!”
If your focus is good (on Heavenly things) = You are filled with the light of God.
If your focus is bad (on Earthly things) = You are filled with a great darkness.
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now, but only in the spirit.
The Spiritual Kingdom will one day (at the second coming of Christ) be replaced by the physical Kingdom.
Until then, we are to serve the Spiritual Kingdom, and only be concerned with it!
We can not concern ourselves with this world.
Where our treasure is, there our heart will be.
Where our heart is, there is our Love, Devotion and Faith.
Do you love the things of this world?
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Are you committed to Jesus?