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Apr 11, 2021

Treasures in Heaven

Treasures in Heaven

Passage: Matthew 6:19-24

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

Famed entrepreneur Malcom Forbes once quipped “he who dies with the most toys wins.” His fortune allowed him to lay up treasures on earth where Jesus warns that moth and rust will surely destroy, and thieves will break in and steal (v. 19). But this did not stop Mr. Forbes from collecting Harley Davidson Motorcycles or priceless Fabergé Eggs. Malcom Forbes story may be an extreme example of wealth, but no matter the size of our bank accounts Jesus warns us against materialism by saying, where your treasure is that is where your heart will be as well (v. 21). We must guard ourselves against what we look at because the eye is the lamp of body (v. 22) that allows either light or darkness in. The light can have a cleansing effect on our souls, while the darkness of greed will pollute our bodies. Jesus issues a sobering warning, “you cannot serve God and money” (v. 24). We live in a world today that celebrates and idolizes wealth. It is easy for us to chase after the “American Dream,” but as true disciple of Christ this world is not our home. We are simply passing through as strangers in a foreign land. Our citizenship is in heaven (Phi. 3:20) and this why Jesus tells us to lay up eternal treasures where neither moth nor rust can ever destroy (v. 20). For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? (Matt. 16:26).