by David Cook

How to Master Your Money
David Cook
Matthew 6:19 - 24

Some people only have a heart for the things of this world. When I was a teenager, Madonna was one of the world’s most popular singers…she had a number one song called, ‘‘Material World.’’

The lyrics said, ‘‘We are living in a material world…and I am a material girl.’’ This song fits the lifestyle of much of the world today…we are living in a material word…we are material people…

America is both the wealthiest nation in the world and also the most depressed nation in the world…because we have forgotten that there is more to life than having more stuff…but true life meaning and purpose in life comes when God has the number one priority…

Today…as we look at these familiar words from the Sermon on the Mount…we’ll learn from our Lord Jesus Christ ‘‘How to Master Your Money.’’

You Master Your Money when you… (1) Set Your Affections In Heaven… (2) See With A New Vision…. (3) Serve God Wholeheartedly…

How do you Master Your Money?

(1) Set Your Affections In Heaven

Jesus said, ‘‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’’ Matthew 6:19 - 21

‘‘Lay up’’ comes from our English word ‘‘thesaurus’’ … a thesaurus is a treasury used to store up words…so Jesus is telling us here… ‘‘Do not treasure up treasures for yourself.’’

Why does Jesus command me to set my affections in heaven? It is because He doesn’t want us to enjoy the good things of this world? No. Is it because God wants Christians to be poor and miserable? No.

God knows the things of this world are only passing…God knows there is more to life than just accumulating more stuff…God knows that the things of this world are not going to last forever.

So many people have bo ...

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