Summary: Christ puts money in proper perspective.

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Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:19-33

I. Impermanence of Stuff (Moths, rust and thieves)

a. Stock market crash: Oct. 29, 1929 Depression began in US and spread throughout the world. Rich folk were made poor overnight. People committed suicide. Jobs became scarce. “In Chicago, a crowd of men fought over a barrel of garbage – food scraps for their families. 13 million were unemployed by the end of 1932. Children left school to support their families while many of their fathers were unemployed, having no choice but to be supported by sub-standard pay earned by their young children.”

b. “You can’t take it with you”…but its even more fleeting than that

i. Stuff decays

1. Moths are sneaky

2. Rust is silent

ii. Stuff takes time and energy

1. Moth, rust…and DUST

iii. Stuff flies away

1. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. (Pro 23:4-5)

a. “Where’d the money go?”

c. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (Joh 6:27)

i. After the elements melt the only thing left will be this.

II. Impositions of Stuff (cannot serve God and mammon)

a. Riches are deceitful

i. Riches are not intrinsically evil

1. Laying up treasure is part of our nature and is not prohibited, but rather encouraged, by our Lord – but in Heaven rather than earth

2. Wesley: “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”

3. Bible says wisdom leads to wealth

4. 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; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1Ti 6:17-19)

5. A problem when riches own you

a. Jesus – hard for the rich to enter

b. Heart follows treasures and treasures follow heart

ii. Riches aren’t what they’re cracked up to be

1. The best things in life really are free

a. One said the reason we don’t enjoy the sunrise more is because its free

b. Love

c. Health

d. Life itself

e. Spiritual things

2. We are spiritual beings living in flesh

a. Food and clothes = cause for contentment

b. The richest man in the world can’t enjoy more than these

c. Pursuit of riches leads to spiritual poverty – deceitfulness of riches

3. Riches can only do what riches can do

a. Relationships are paramount

b. Covetousness separates us from God and man

i. The duty of remembering the poor

1. whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (1Jo 3:17)

ii. Covetousness = Idolatry (Col. 3:5)

c. Riches will become your master if you let them

i. Gambling – grandmother busted for trafficking

ii. Compulsive spending or hoarding – get all you can, can all you get

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