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Hope in Heaven, Not Money

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Jesus gives us three reasons to hope in Heaven, not money

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Introduction

Proposition: The believer should hope first and foremost in heaven, not money or possessions

Three Reasons to Hope in Heaven, Not Money

earthly treasure can be ruined, destroyed, lost, and stolen, but heavenly treasure is secure and cannot be lost
moth and rust
theives
Hoping in money and possessions poisons the soul; hoping in heaven gives life and health to the soul
Hoping in money and possessions poisons the soul; hoping in heaven gives it life (v. 21-23)
what you hope in determines who you become (v. 21)
if you worship God, you’ll be able to be generous, which makes your soul healthy (v. 22)
if you worship God, you’ll be able to be generous, which makes your soul healthy
Money and possessions can be ruined, destroyed, lost, or stolen
moth and rust
if you worship money, you’ll be filled with greed and miserliness (v. 23)
how do i
what is earthly treasure?
thieves
thus, the cure to greed is to be generous
Heavenly treasure cannot be ruined, destroyed, lost, or stolen
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
money and possessions which can be ruined or destroyed
money
money and possessions which can be stolen or lost
possessions
what is heavenly treasure?
relationship with God which cannot be stolen or lost
eternal, unending membership in the kingdom of God which cannot be stolen or lost
who gets heavenly treasure?
those named in the beatitudes (5:3-12)
those who practice righteousness before God, not people (6:1)
those who give to the needy in secret (6:4)
those who pray in secret (6:6)
those who love their neighbor as themselves (7:12)
what you treasure determines who and what you are (6:21)
hoping in earthly treasure makes you greedy and selfish, but hoping in heavenly treasure makes you generous and selfless (22-23)
good eye and bad eye as jewish idiom
Money and possessions can be ruined, destroyed, or stolen
good eye refers to a generous spirit
bad eye refers to a miserly spirit
if the eye is the lamp of the body, then the good eye gives off light and is a blessing to others, whereas the bad eye gives off no light and is a blessing to no one.
the only way to have a good eye is to treasure heaven more than the world, since this enables you to love earthly treasure in right proportion
hoping completely in heavenly treasure is not optional (24)
you cannot serve two masters
you cannot hope in earthly treasure and simultaneously hope in heavenly treasure; you can only hope in one

Conclusion

Heaven is eternal and cannot be lost; money and possessions are temporal and can be lost
earthly
moth and rust destroy earthly belongings
thieves steal away earthly belongings
thieves steal away earthly belongings
heavenly
impervious to moth or rust
cannot be stolen away
what you treasure determines who you are (
hoping in money hinders receptivity to spiritual truth
hoping in money hinders receptivity to spiritual truth
good eye is jewish idiom for a generous spirit
evil eye is jewish idiom for miserly spirit
hoping in heaven increases rec
Hoping in heaven is not optional
you cannot serve two masters
you cannot serve God and money
if you love

Conclusion

Conclusion
Contrary to money, heaven is a hope that cannot be ruined, destroyed, or stolen
it makes you generous instead of miserly;
It makes you generous instead of miserly
It is a mandatory hope
application: what are you hoping in? Career? Family and/or relationships? Health? All of these things will fade away sooner or later, and are likely to let you down. Put your hope in heaven.
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