Do Not Seek the Treasure (of Earth)

Bible Text: Matthew 6:19-24 | Preacher: Davis Lacey | Series: The Gospel of Matthew: The King and His Kingdom | Left unchecked, our pursuit of worldly treasures will lead to our ultimate demise.

Most people pursue earthly treasures at the expense of eternity.
Jesus wants HIS people to pursue heaven’s treasures, even if doing so comes at the expense of the treasures of earth.

#1: What are the Treasures of Heaven?

“Heaven-Breaking-Into-Earth”

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.”
The “nevers” of Scripture (Hebrews 13:5, John 3:16, Romans 8:39, John 4:14, etc.)

“Earth-Building-Up-for-Heaven”

Every follower of Jesus will be filled with joy/satisfaction/awe in eternity (see Revelation 21:1-5).
Scripture is also clear that the Lord rewards believers in proportion to their pursuit of His glory in their lives (Ephesians 6:8, Luke 6:38, etc.)
John Piper: “Everyone will be full in heaven, but some containers will be larger than others.”
The “measure we use” (cf. Luke 6:38) grows our capacity to enjoy Heaven’s jpy, satisfaction, awe, etc.

#2: How do we “Lay Up” Treasures in Heaven?

We invest into eternal opportunities, even if doing so comes at the expense of earthly treasures.

Salvation (John 3:16)
Sanctification (Romans 8:28-29, 1 John 3, etc.)

Questions for Reflection:

What are the things of earth with which God has entrusted me?
How does my treatment of these earthly treasures reveal the state of my heart? (Read Matthew 6:21)
What would it look like to take one step towards transformation – to seek the treasure of heaven, even at the expense of the treasures of earth?

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