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Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:19-21

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1. There is no security in storing treasure on earth (Matthew 6:19; 2 Corinthians 4:18)

(a) The literal Greek reads, “Do no treasure to yourselves treasures on earth. . .”

(b) Treasure means to think highly of, to focus on, and to believe in something, as so crucial to our livelihood and happiness

(c) Christ is saying, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.” So that…

(c1) We don’t make material things our chief concern
(c2) We don’t either seek or expect our ultimate happiness in any earthly object
(c3) We don’t set our affections on anything seen and temporal

(d) “Let us, therefore, receive and lawfully enjoy that portion of this life which our Father in heaven is pleased to bestow upon us, but let us not set our affections upon them.” John Brown

2. There is security in storing treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20; Colossians 3:1-2)

(a) We give to the poor, to people who are in need, to the work of the Lord without letting our left hand know

(b) We are in the closed door alone with the Lord, interceding and standing in the gap for people

(c) We are poor in spirit, longing and thirsting to know more of Him and be like him

(d) We are investing in heaven when we respond to the things that breaks the heart of God

(e) And many other things that you are involved today that may not have earthly benefits or profits, but you know it has and eternal value. You’re investing in the Kingdom of God

(f) Discipleship class on Thursdays and Life group on Fridays, we discus about things that has eternal values

(g) When we encourage one another, when our life touch another person to love God more

(h) When we work tirelessly to bring at least one lost soul to the fold of God’s family. We are investing in God’s Kingdom

(i) It’s not just money but we store up treasure in heaven, using our time, talent, resources or whatever God has given to us

3. Our treasure determines where our heart is (Matthew 6:21; Psalm 62:10)

(a) The problem starts when we start to put our trust, our hope on the things of this world

(b) Psalm 62:10 “. . . though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.”

4. Take Away

Our heart and our treasure go together and both need to be toward heaven

Speaker: Caleb Kent

For the past sixteen years, Caleb Kent has been in the worship ministry. At the Naga Christian Fellowship, he served for two and half years as an associate pastor. He holds an MTh in Pastoral Theology and Counselling from SAIACS, Bangalore. Caleb and his wife Bokyoung are blessed with two daughters, Charis and Yena. They are passionate about giving pastoral care and discipleship to the church members. Write to him at caleb@crossroadbangalore.org