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Where Is Your Treasure (16 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
March 1, 2006
INTRODUCTION: The title of our last lesson was "Doing the Right Things the Wrong Way." The Pharisees had an outward form of religion. They prayed and fasted and gave alms, but they did it all for the wrong reasons. They did what they did in order to be seen of men. Jesus called them hypocrites. He warned in (vs. 1), Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
This evening, we turn our attention to the Lord's discussion concerning money or treasure. I'd like to give you two simple points:
I. Earthly Treasure
II. Heavenly Treasure
I. EARTHLY TREASURE
A. It is corruptible (vs. 19)
1. Earthly treasures are subject to decay and rust. Beautiful garments can become moth-eaten and lose their value.
ILLUS: Just last month, I went to the closet and pulled out a nice double-breasted suit I haven't worn in about 4 years. I have lost a little weight and thought I might be able to wear it again. To my surprise, the moths had eaten holes in it. I had to throw it away...how disappointing.
ILLUS: Two weeks ago, I had my boat pulled out to have it cleaned and serviced. They called me after pulling it out, and told me that the stern, near the out drive, had been affected by electrolysis. Electrolysis takes place when electrical current is passed through water and begins to eat away at the aluminum. The price to repair it? $450. Add that to the $500 I was already going to have to pay, and you have pretty close to $1,000.
It's been said that owning a boat is like a bottomless pit; you just keep throwing money in a hole. Now if you feel real sorry for me and want to take up and love offering, I will be extremely grateful.
2. The problem is this: men focus too much on the physical and not enough on the spiritual. It's the same ...
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