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Treasure Your Treasure

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SInce God's covenant people have been given a rich and glorious inheritance, we must treasure that inheritance above all else on this earth.

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Introduction

We live in a culture that is saturated with treasures. We can have cars with no money down and no interest for 5 years. We have Pinterest and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each showing us carefully scripted fragments of unreality, that often create within us a sense of envy, jealousy, and general overall dissatisfaction. Treasures as far as the eye can see, fantasies that develop surreal visions of people, like us, with these treasures living the good life!
Somewhere in the midst of all this is God’s covenant community. You remember...those who have been redeemed from the prison house of sin, who will not be condemned for their rebellion against God, having peace with God; who have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, unfading, and kept in heaven for them! Is it possible that they/we could be so dissatisfied with being part of God’s kingdom, a son of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, that we also long for the same treasures the world pursues?
In his Sermon on the Mount, in , Jesus lays out for us what the Kingdom of God looks like, and how the people of that Kingdom should live. So this morning, I propose to you this Main Idea which I believe sums up Jesus words in .

Main Idea

Since God's covenant people have been given a rich and glorious inheritance, we must treasure that inheritance above all else on this earth.

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Background

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus lays out for us what it means to be a part of the Kingdom of God. Chapter 5 focuses on what characteristics a Kingdom dweller, poor in spirit, meek, peacemaker and the like. Chapter 6 shows where their motivation comes from, which we will look at shortly, and chapter 7 describes their purpose, to bear fruit.

1. The Wrong Treasure

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Matthew 6:19 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

a. Treasure of the earth

Command: Do Not Lay up (pres, act, imp) - lay up in store, preserve, pickle
lay up in store, preserve, pickle
Don’t treasure your earthly treasures
This word does not mean daily needs, but hoarding for the future
This word does not mean daily needs, but hoarding for the future
This word includes earthly rewards (6:2, 5, 16)
•This word includes early rewards (6:2, 5, 16)

b. Treasure under the curse

Reason: because moth, rust, and robbers destroy it
These robbers of our earthly treasures are a result of sin
The earth was cursed by God because this sin
Genesis 3:17–19 ESV
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Luke 12:15–21 ESV
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
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2. The Right Treasure

Matthew 6:20 ESV
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

a. Treasure of Heaven

but: In contrast to that, do this instead
Command: lay up (pres, act, imp), treasures in heaven
This word includes heavenly rewards (6:4, 6, 18)

b. Treasure that is untouchable

Reason: can’t be touched by the curse!
1 Peter 1:3–5 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

3. The Heart-Treasure Link

Matthew 6:21 ESV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
matt 6:

a. An inseparable bond

Where…there: where one is, there in that same place is the other
Where our treasure is, there in that very same place is our heart. Also, where are heart is, there in that very same place is our treasure.
To say it again, our hearts and our treasures occupy the same space!

b. A scale of Spiritual commitment

4. The Eye-Treasure Link

Matthew 6:22–23 ESV
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matt 6:22-23

a. The healthy eye is flooded by God’s light

The eye (similar to the “heart” in Jewish literature) is a lamp that reveals the quality of a person’s inner life. A healthy eye (clear vision) suggests loyal devotion to God, while a bad eye (impaired vision) connotes moral corruption.
Light has always denoted the presence of God, while darkness, the presence of evil.
Those with a “healthy” eye are those who have been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit

b. The unhealthy eye is blinded by the world’s darkness

The eye (similar to the “heart” in Jewish literature) is a lamp that reveals the quality of a person’s inner life. A healthy eye (clear vision) suggests loyal devotion to God, while a bad eye (impaired vision) connotes moral corruption. [Crossway Bibles, The ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 1833.]
2 Corinthians 4:3–6 ESV
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Crossway Bibles, The ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 1833.

5. The Slave-Treasure Link

Matthew 6:24 ESV
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matt 6:

a. What we treasure enslaves us

To Serve (Gk. douleuō): to act as a bondslave (; )
indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money. [Crossway Bibles, The ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 1833.]
indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money.

indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money.

(Gk. douleuō): to act as a bond slave (; )

b. What enslaves us, does so completely

Crossway Bibles, The ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 1833.

the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money

With the level of devotion to his master, it is impossible for a bondslave to be devoted to more then one.
Romans 6:20–22 ESV
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

So What?

indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money.

indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service

Where is our treasure? For there you will find your heart.
Where do you find your self worth?
What value system are you modeling for your children, and what pursuits are you encouraging them to follow?
Who is your master? What evidences are there in your life that show this is true?

indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money

indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money.

(Gk. douleuō) indicates the work of a slave, not an employee. Since a slave is the sole property of one master, he must give the master exclusive service. A disciple’s loyalties cannot be divided—that is, one is either a slave to God or to money.

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