Matthew 6:19-24

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Treasures, Eyes, and Masters

Matthew 6:19-24Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. They eye is the lamp of the body, if your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 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!Matthew 6:19-24No 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.Treasures, Eyes, and MastersMatthew 6:19-24

You may lose your wife, you may lose your dog, your mother may hate you. None of those things matter. What matters is that you achieve success and become free. Then you can do whatever you like. - Kevin OLearyWhere is our Loyalty?Kevin OLeary is very loyal to his moneyIf money is his god then he is a faithful servant to his god

How loyal are we to God?

Treasures, Eyes, and MastersMatthew 6:19-21Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The sin here is that a persons treasure is what they have and not the God who gave it to them

Do not store up treasures on earthWhy? Because you will lose them

Today we calculate wealth by savings, property, cars, bonds, and similar things

In the 1st century clothing was counted as assets

There is no GuaranteeEverything we have here could be gone tomorrowTheftFireTornadoEarthquakeFlood Foreclosure

We try and beat it with safety deposit boxesThere is no GuaranteeIf our hope and meaning in life is founded on items then when we lose them our hope and meaning are lost with them

Store up your treasures in heaven

Putting treasures in heaven meansLoving GodLoving spiritual things more than material thingsMatthew 19:21If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;

Treasure in heaven = giving to the poor

The value is in what your possessions can DO not the simple fact that you have them.

1 Timothy 6:17-19Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Being more like God (doing godly things) is how we lay up treasure in heaven and should be our treasure

When we TREASURE the spiritual over the material our priorities change from material to spiritual.

Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Is your heart here this morning?Is your heart in Gods work?Is your heart in giving?Is telling others about Jesus your treasure?

Our treasure has to be God

Matthew 6:22-23The eye is the lamp of the body, if your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 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!Your Eye must be GoodWe must keep our eyes pure, but keeping to the context Jesus is talking about generosity

A good eye was a generous person

He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor Proverbs 22:9Your Eye must be Good Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? - Matthew 20:15

If your heart is closed up your eye is bad and your soul is filled with darkness(selfishness)

Treasure Eyes MastersMatthew 6:24No 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.Master = LordLeadership, ownership, high position, or authority

Jesus forces us to choose:

Will we serve God or the pursuit of riches?

Will we serve God or false idols?

What gets you up in the morning?

Thats your idol

You may lose your wife, you may lose your dog, your mother may hate you. None of those things matter. What matters is that you achieve success and become free. Then you can do whatever you like. - Kevin OLeary

What do you bow down to this morning?Money?Success?Your spouse?401k?Pleasure?Food?What is a successful life?

Do you have one?