Saturday, April 8, 2017

Personal or Small Group Study of Matthew 6:19-24 Storing treasure

For the next few weeks (Monday and Thursday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. (Sorry this one is late)

Study

Question: Can you finish this sentence? He who dies with the most toys _______________?

For people who seek money, fame, power or even experiences the answer to that question is that they win, but the truth is that they die.

Question: Can you finish this sentence. You can’t take it _________ ____________?

If you said to Grandma’s, you might be right, but the answer is you can’t with you. Meaning that when you die that everything you have gained is gone. It can be depressing to think but Jesus has an answer to both of these saying.

Read Matthew 6:19-24

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

There are three things, Jesus is saying in this scripture but they all connected. First, Jesus points out things on this earth eventually are gone, but that treasure can be stored up in heaven. The things that are stored up in heaven include being faithful in using what God has given you and doing good to help others (Example found in Matthew 25:14-46).

Question: What has God given you and how can you be faithful with it?

The second point Jesus makes can be confusing. When Jesus speaks of the eye being good, many people wonder today wonder what Jesus is talking about. What Jesus is talking about is where is your focus or you might say, Jesus, is asking if you are single-minded. If you are focused on God then Jesus is saying you will be filled with light (God’s goodness) but if you’re not then you will be filled with darkness and you will be in even more trouble if you think you are but really aren’t.

Jesus ties these two thought together by saying followers of him cannot love both money (and the things and experiences it buys) and God. Jesus isn’t saying money is bad but the love of it is. Jesus is saying if God isn’t first in your life then you really don’t love God.

Challenge: Ask yourself, “Is anything in my life more important than God?” Jesus isn’t saying you can’t enjoy or have things or experiences (we’ll talk about that in the next lesson). He is saying you must have your priorities lined out.

Other References: 1 Timothy 6:10; James 2:14-17; 1 John 3:17

Future Mission Project: Discuss community event or mission project as needed.

Closing Prayer- Grace to live as Christ would have us.

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