This sermon was based on Matthew 6:24 & Luke 16:13.
Lay Up Treasures In Heaven
24″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.
MONEY IS A RIVAL TO GOD FOR OUR WORSHIP
- Jesus repeats this saying at different times in different contexts.
- He sees money as a rival for our hearts to God.
- ‘Mammon’ is the only false God that he names.
IF YOU HAVE NOTHING BUT GOD YOU HAVE EVERYTHING
- In the Matthew version of the passage the context is anxiety about provision.
- Money can cause us to become anxious.
- In Job there is an example of someone who lost everything but still had God, and that is enough.
- We do have real needs, but we also have a heavenly Father who knows what we need and provides.
IF YOU HAVE EVERYTHING BUT NOT GOD YOU HAVE NOTHING
- In the context of Luke, Jesus is ridiculed by the Pharisees who love money – they are looking to it for pleasure and purpose.
- Solomon in Ecclesiastes is an example of someone who looked to all that money could offer but it didn’t satisfy.
- Many others have found the same thing.
- Therefore we should use our wealth for kingdom purposes.