God or Money? (21 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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God or Money? (21 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 6:19-24

''For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also […] You cannot serve God and money'' (vv. 21, 24b).

SCRIPTURE READING

In 6:19-34, Jesus talks about money and possessions. Materialism is one of the big problems of our culture. Craig Blomberg writes, ''It is arguable that materialism is the single biggest competitor with authentic Christianity for the hearts and souls of millions in our world today, including many in the visible church.'' We who are followers of Jesus are to be different. Our lives are not to be all about making money and acquiring possessions.

[Read Matthew 6:19-34.]

WHAT DO YOU TREASURE?

What do you treasure? [Talk about how I used to treasure sports cards. They're just pieces of cardboard!]

Jesus declared, ''Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also'' (v. 21). What you treasure, you will pursue. [Talk about how I collected more and more sports cards.] Do you pursue God (knowing and obeying him), or do you pursue wealth (or something else)? There are many reasons why people pursue wealth: security, personal worth, power, independence, and pleasure.

Knowing and obeying God should be THE TREASURE WE PURSUE.

THE DANGER OF MONEY

Money can be a danger to our relationship with God. The apostle Paul writes, ''The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith'' (1 Tim. 6:10; cf. Matt. 13:22). The person who craves for wealth has a ''bad'' eye (v. 23).

Jesus says, ''You cannot serve God and money'' (v. 24). If we are pursuing wealth more than we are pursuing God, we have given our heart to an idol. Paul calls a person who is ''covetous'' (i.e., greedy) a ...


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