Sermon on the Mount: Day 22

Do Not Store Up for Yourselves Treasures on Earth

Read Matthew 6:19–24
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
How we spend our time, money, and energy reveals what we care about the most. Sometimes, though, inertia can trap us into doing the same things we’ve always done simply because it’s easier than making changes. Jesus invites us to spend our lives caring about the eternal instead of the temporal. Our culture, on the other hand, all but demands that we focus on the temporary—money, fame, physical attractiveness, and achievements. 

  • Review your calendar for the last month or so. What are some of the temporary things you spend time, money, or energy on? What are some of the eternal things you spend time, money, or energy on?
  • Into what temporary things do you find yourself getting pulled most often? What is it about those things that draws you in? 
  • What invitation do you sense God extending to you through today’s passage?

God, help me to focus my heart, eyes, energy, and time on heavenly things. When I start to stray, pull my heart back to You. Amen.

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