January 29, 2023
Amid a cost-of-living crisis, understanding Jesus’ teaching on how we handle our money is more important than ever. And Jesus is quite clear that this area of our discipleship is a battleground. In v24 Jesus uses the word Mammon to describe a spiritual force, Mammon is a personified con-artist out for our affections. We have a choice between 2 gods. The truth, Jesus proclaims, is that ‘you cannot serve God & money.’ Not you shouldn’t or it’s hard, but you can’t. We cannot sit on the fence. And this is a real challenge for our discipleship if, in general, we don’t think we have a problem. This giving Sunday we look at how Jesus is far superior to the god of Mammon, and that what he offers us never disappoints. He alone has died for us, to provide eternal security and hope, and He alone is the one we can trust!
In this series:
Matthew 6:19–25 (Listen)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust1 destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 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!
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.2
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.
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