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Matthew 6:19-34

– Treasure, Worry, and Worldly Things –

Southgate Alliance Church, July 5, 2020

Introduction

“Our study identified a major mental health burden of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. Younger people, people spending too much time thinking about the outbreak, and healthcare workers were at high risk of mental illness.”

Soul, who do you treasure?

Your treasure demands your whole self.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return.” Job 1:21

An ungenerous heart obscures the light.

Not both and, it’s either or.

“And I will say to my soul, “Soul you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:19-21

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Luke 12:32-34

"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

“I do not cling to these things. They do not become the centre of my life and existence. I do not live for them or dwell upon them constantly in my mind; they do not absorb my life. On the contrary, I hold them loosely. . . I am not governed by them; rather do I govern them; and as I do this I am steadily securing, and safely laying up for myself, “treasures in heaven.”” – Martin Lloyd Jones

Soul, who do you trust?

Worry is not an innocent sin.

Allow creation to preach God’s provision.

Seek his kingdom and righteousness.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 1 Corinthians 5:21

"Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:5-7

Conclusion

  • What occupies your thoughts or daydreams?
  • What are you most worried about?
  • Whom do you dread most losing?
  • What are the things that you measure others by?
  • What is that you know you cannot be happy without?
  • Is the answer to these questions the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Text Application Questions for Matthew 6:19-34

– Treasure, Worry, and Worldly Things –

Southgate Alliance Church, July 5, 2020

Read Matthew 6:19-34

What does Jesus mean by laying up for yourselves treasures on earth? What about treasures in heaven?

What is the nature of earthly treasure?

How does that relate to the condition of your heart?

How do the two examples that Jesus give (The eye, and the picture of slavery) help us understand what is at stake when it comes to what we treasure?

How does treasure relate to trust or anxiety?

What are you most anxious about? Why do you think that is?

If life is more than the things we worry about, how are supposed to live?

How does this relate to the gospel?