by Tony Nester

Maximizing Our Treasure
Tony R. Nester
Matthew 6:19-21; 24

Today I begin a two part message series on the subject of money. I'm doing this because we're in the middle of our annual Fall emphasis on the stewardship of money. Next Sunday we're asking you to bring your Faith Promise Card and present it as an act of Christian stewardship.

I will tell you right from the start that money is a topic I don't like to preach about. And here's why: people get the wrong message no matter how hard I try to say things in the right way.

Some of you are wonderful, disciplined, and generous givers and you don't really need a sermon on stewardship. You give because the Spirit of Christ has truly taken root in you and is bearing fruit. Some of you are in trouble financially. Your spending is out of control. No matter what I say about giving to the church, you don't have anything to give. What you need isn't a sermon on stewardship but a course on money management. Some of you haven't caught on to the real meaning of stewardship. You just think the church needs your money, and you give what you think is reasonable so you won't feel guilty. You're the ones who really need a good stewardship sermon. But what's the right way to approach you on this topic?

Nevertheless, it's my responsibility to preach about money. So here goes. Jesus had a lot to say about money. Turn in your Bibles to today's Scripture lesson: Matthew 6:19-21.

(Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV) ""Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; {20} but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. {21} For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

I titled this sermon "Maximizing Our Treasure" because Jesus wants us to have the most treasure possible in our lives. Jesus never taught people to think poor, he taught people to think rich. ...

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