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Greatest Sermon Ever 16: On Treasure
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 16: On Treasure May 24, 2020
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The Sermon on the Mount – 16. On Treasure
Matthew 6:19-24

•  The only difference between the stuff in a junkyard and the merchandise at Nordstrom, Best Buy, or BMW is time. Treasure is junk waiting to happen. Here’s the formula:

junk = treasure + time

•  Jesus does not say you shouldn’t have treasures. Human beings are, by their nature, treasuring creatures.

A treasure is something you seek to keep because of the value you place on it.

•  The Greek word for treasure in this passage is ‘thesaurus.’ That’s where we get our word thesaurus: a treasure trove, a treasure store, of words and meaning.

Our lives are meant to be treasure stores of meaning.

•  Jesus doesn’t say, “Don’t treasure anything.” He says, “Don’t treasure the wrong thing.
Don’t wrap your eternal heart around earthly treasures.” It’s not because they’re bad, but because they won’t last.
•  Jesus is very pro-treasure, and he gives the greatest investment tip of all time.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...” (Matthew 6:19)
•  The most important command in the Bible in the Judeo-Christian tradition is this:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
That is to say, treasure God above all else.

Seeing Properly
Jesus goes on to say, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” (Matthew 6:22)
•  The idea is that to live well, to live in God’s kingdom, I need to see clearly. I need to see the worth of things clearly.
•  Greed, consumerism, chronic discontent, and a lack of generosity make me look at the world wrongly.
•  Instead of looking at what I have and being grateful, instead of looking at people in need and being generous, instead of looking at God and being confident and secure, I look at what others who have more than I do have, and I get envious. That’s the darkness.

Somebody’s Treasure
“For the LORD’S portion is his people, Jacob [that is, Israel, God’s people] his allotted inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 32:9)
•  In the ancient the ancient world all the other ‘gods’ were notorious for the way they used people. Only the God of the Bible treasures people.

You are somebody’s treasure.

•  God is so determined to treasure you that he sent his Son Jesus to live, to teach, and then to die on a cross for you and not just you.
•  Every human being has an invisible price tag: eternal, image of God, worth the life of God’s Son.
•  Life in the kingdom of earth means treasure money, and use people. Life in the Kingdom of God means treasure people and use money.

Tools and Treasure
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
•  Be careful what you invest in, because whatever it is, your heart will get wrapped up in it as well.
•  The good news is we can use our money and send it into those areas where we want our hearts engaged, because our hearts follow our money.
•  It’s all going to end up in the junkyard anyhow, so don’t let it tell you what to do.
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.” (6:24)

Money is a good tool, but a bad treasure.

•  It’s a tool to meet your life needs, to care for your family, to provide for retirement, to express your trust in God, to be generous with other people.
•  It’s a good tool to use as part of God’s mission to make the world a better place, but it’s a bad idea to make my money my treasure, because then it will be my master.

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