Title: Imagine Giving Something to God
Text: 19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- We are naturally thing-oriented or materialistic in our nature.
- We tend to be strongly inclined with seeking, acquiring, enjoying, and protecting material possessions.
What lessons can we see from this text as Jesus places an eternal perspective regarding money and possessions?
1. "Our Use of Wealth - vs. 19-21
- “It is not wrong to possess things, but it is wrong for things to possess us.” Warren Wiersbe
- God’s principle for His people has always been “Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine (Proerbsv 3:9-10). Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).Paul assures us that “…He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
2.Our View of Wealth - vs. 22-23
- The right vision of our wealth then enables us to be motivated to give – not out of duty but out of passion and desire.
- “The principle is simple and sobering: the way we look at and use our money is a sure barometer of our spiritual condition.” - John MacArthur
3.Our Master of Wealth - vs. 24
- The commands of these two masters are diametrically opposed and cannot coexist.
- May our financial gifts back to God be a true representation of who we are in Christ and the condition of our heart.
- Remember it is not the amount but rather the attitude.