Exposition of Matt 6:19-21 Introduction: 1. You may want to turn in your New Testament to Matthew chapter six, and find verses nineteen through twenty-one. Matt. 6:19-21. 2.
One manifestation of the Deity and Wisdom of Jesus is with only a few words; He could penetrate through to the core of some subject or issue. A. Jesus knew man. B. He knew the tendencies, the temptations and the trials of man.
C. And even today He knows all about you; there is not anything about you Jesus doesnt know; there is nothing in your mind of life that can be hidden from Deity. D. And so because of who He is, we ought to listen to what He said. 3. And on one occasion He said this ..
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Body: I. I believe the first thing we must do with this passage is develop a clear view of these two kinds of treasures: treasures upon earth and treasures in heaven. A. When we read this passage, the first word that leaps out at us is “treasures.” B.
Treasures are simply things we value, and therefore want to have. C. Now lets start with the earth. 1. There are things here on the earth we value and want to possess.
2. There are some basic things we value and want to possess food, clothing and shelter. 3. We value food, clothing and shelter; and we work from day to day in order to have these things. 4.
And it is considered normal and wise to buy groceries not just for today, but for the days ahead; many of us buy groceries once a week .. so we acquire nutritional treasures for the days ahead. 5. Beyond the basics in our age there are other things we value and want to possess a means of transportation; various methods of communication. 6. There are these things we treasure here on the earth we work to have them and store them up for future use. 7.
Treasures are simply things we value, and therefore want to have .. and while we live on the earth there are certainly treasures we have here. D. Now Jesus says there are treasures in heaven; listen again to our text .. 19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
E. We are all well aware of the treasures we have on earth the things we value and want to have for our existence on earth. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER KIND OF TREASURE Jesus says there are treasures in heaven! 1. There are things that which are more valuable than food, clothing and shelter. 2. There are commodities far more precious than automobiles, houses and electronic devices of communication.
3. Treasures in heaven! 4. Things we should value and want to have, because they come from God, bring us close to God, make us better people and prepare us for a happy eternity after death! F. One way to look at this is there are things we need here on the earth; things we value and want to have .. BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN THIS EARTH IS GONE? What about after we die? 1.
There are things beyond this earth we ought to value and want. 2. There are things which will exists after death and after this earth is gone and those blessings from God are called treasures in heaven! G. The more we think about this, the more obvious it all is! 1. The treasures of earth lie in the realm of places, things, material commodities, worldly values the tangible and temporal.
2. The treasures of heaven lie in the realm of the spiritual forgiveness, fellowship with God, the power of prayer, the develop- ment of character and moral excellence, the love of God and brethren, the hope of heaven. II. Now the whole problem that we sometimes call Materialism has to do with our fascination with earthly treasure over heavenly treasure!! A. Now isnt that true? B. The whole problem when we talk about materialism and worldliness is our fascination with earthly treasure over heavenly treasure.
C. This earthly, worldly perspective was brought home to me several years ago in a congregation I was a member of. 1. It was right after Christmas I think the Sunday after the holiday. 2.
A young man had received from his parents several gifts; they were wealthy people .. one gift was a brand new, bonded leather Bible; the most expensive King James version published by Nelson at the time. 3. The other gift was a brand new car. 4.
On Sunday morning he came to the church building for Bible class and worship with his new Bible and his new car. a. Which one was he most excited about? b. Which one did he show off? c. He took all the teenagers out to the parking lot to show them his new car ..
did not mention his new Bible. 5. Do you think that young man was the exception to the rule? 6. Do you suppose that we would never react that way? D. The whole problem that we call materialism and worldliness is this our fascination with earthly treasure over heavenly treasure!! III.
NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS IN SOME PERSPECTIVE – I want to get right to the Lords prohibition: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…” A. In the NIV, the prohibitive nature of this statement is plain: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth..” B. I think this may be one of those cases where it is necessary to talk about what this doesnt mean. 1. This doesnt mean we must not think about, plan or save for the future.
a. We are not to worry about the future later in this chapter there is the Lords statement, in verse 34, “do not worry about tomorrow.” b. We are not to become distracted from present duty by some preoccupation with the future. c. But good stewardship and regard for the needs of your family will require some thinking, planning and saving for the future.
d. I dont believe Jesus is telling us to ignore the needs of tomorrow; that would be unwise .. in fact, in at least two of the Lords parables, He commends to us the action of making plans for tomorrow the parable of the talents and the parable of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16. 2. Furthermore “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth” does not mean we are forbidden to have money or earthly possessions.
a. In fact, in fulfilling our responsibilities to ourselves, our families, our needy brethren and to support to Lords cause it is necessary to work, to have income and to be a possessor of earthly things. b. Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us that it is sinful to have income, to have money and possess earthly things. c. Nowhere in the Bible will you find a rich man being punished merely because of his wealth .. nor will you find a poor man commended simply because of his destitution.
d. Money is not the problem our misuse of it is. e. Money is not the problem our love of it is. C.
So we shouldnt be hindered or confused by these shallow and unjustified conclusions. 1. When the Lord said, “do not store up for yourselves …