Matthew 6    

6:19 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars.

6:20 Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.

6:21 It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

6:22 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.

6:23 If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

6:24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both. The Message   

Choices That Matter

 On a daily basis most of us make hundreds of choices about various things.  The clothes we wear the food we will eat, the company we will keep, the television shows that we will watch and other activities that are related to simply living and life. Rarely are their consequences for the decisions that we make on a daily basis.  Our maturity makes an impact on the decisions that we make.  Teenagers care about the coordination of stylish clothes and acceptability of their attire to their friends. The older we get we want to dress appropriate for the work environment, a night out at the movies or a dinner party.  Even later in life the question becomes does it fit and is it comfortable with no attention to modern styles and others social approval about our attire.

 The routine decisions of our life usually do not have long lasting impact on the rest of our lives but we also make some pretty significant decisions through out our lives.  We decide whether we will go to college, we choose a career, we choose a spouse and we choose how we want to handle our finances as we prepare for retirement.  Are we able to predict the future outcome of our decisions? Sometimes we can use the past as a template to predict the possibilities of the future but the reality is our significant decisions are at the best a good guest about what might happen.

 The significant decisions in our lives must be rooted in something more than our human emotions, the pop culture trends and peer pressure. The significant decisions must be rooted in our core values and beliefs.  This leads me to ask the most significant question of all.  Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God?  Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried in a borrowed tomb, conquered death hell, the grave and on the third day rose with all power in his hands? If the answer is yes then we have a common basis by which to discuss the core values and beliefs that should inform and drive the major decisions of your life. 

 In the midst of all the choices that we make on any given day the choices that really matter are centered in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  What are the decisions that we make as it relates to building the kingdom of God?  What are the choices that we make that will have an impact on the ministry where I serve?  What decisions and choices do we make that have meaning to God?

 Our text informs us on what really matters.  Our Matthew 6: 19-24 text is the set up for the central text of this chapter. 

 Matthew 6:33

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

 This reality of trusting God for the provisions of our lives begins with understanding why.  People have a tendency to store stuff and collect things.  This is not limited to American culture but we have a propensity to out do everyone around us.  Who has the bigger SUV or the largest big screen TV?  Who has the most shoes or the best set of cuff links?  We collect books, magazines, DVDs, electronic gadgets and never truly find satisfaction or significance.  The reason I know this is because we always want more.

 Since we are not supposed to store up stuff, which many times is our treasure, what are we supposed to store.  What is it that Jesus is instructing his disciples to do instead of being swept away by the world system of materialism and consumerism?  Our text in the context of the entire chapter reveals the answer.

 We are to develop lives of

  1. Giving to the needy – v1-4 (Luke 14:1, 7-14)
  2. Prayer v5-15
  3. Fasting v16 – 18

 This will then allow us to connect with v33.  

 Conclusion

Will I give God a tip and chump change in offering or will I tithe and trust God for all of my provisions.

 Will I sit on the sidelines and comment about the direction of the church or will I engage and serve in leadership and trust God to lead the congregation using you as you serve

 Will you give God more that your free time but also set aside time to join a LIFE Group and daily read the scripture in our Adventure Guide and grow in your relationship with God, and the community of faith.   

 Will you hope that more people will come and visit the church or will you share your faith in relevant everyday situations with your friends, co workers, other students and neighbors?

 When we go to the nursing homes, reach out to schools, do health fairs and blood drives for the community will you participate or will you sit on the sideline

 
My prayer is that when you make your choice, understand that your decision matters.  For where your treasure is there  your heart will be also.

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