The Greatest of All Time VIII - The Sermon on the Amount

Text: Matthew 6:19-24

1) The Bible has more to say about money than any other subject.
2) Giving will help us get to where we’re going as a church.
3) There are incredible benefits to giving.

Jesus Dealt with Money Matters - because Money Matters.

1. The Durability Test - “How Long Will It Last?”
a. Matthew 6:19 - is a negative command -Don’t store up for yourselves treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 
b. Matthew 6:20 - is the positive – Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

2. What Jesus is saying – “Stop Living Just for Today.”

1 Peter 1:4 We have a priceless inheritance - an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

3. Only the Word of God and People Last Forever
Nothing that is material lasts forever.

1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Jim Eliot - “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

4. Heart Test - “Where are You Investing Your Time and Money?”

Matthew 6:21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

5. The Mind Test - “Where Is Your Focus?”
a. Matthew 6:22-23 Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23) But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 

6. The Master Test – “Whom Do You Serve?”
a. Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Attachment to money leads to -detachment from God. 

7. The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luke 12:15-21 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17) He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18) “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

1. The Durability Test - How long will my things last? Are they temporary or will they last forever in heaven?

2. The Heart Test - Where am I investing my time and money? What excites me the most, earth or heaven? Which place makes my heart beat faster?

3. The Mind Test - Where do I focus my goals? Am I committed to materialism or spirituality? Do I operate according to God’s
priorities, or my own?

4. The Master Test - Is Jesus my master or is something, or someone, else? Will I serve money on earth and allow it to be my god, or will I serve God in heaven with my treasures, which are really His in the first place?

Luke 16:13-14 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
14) The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and ridiculed Jesus.