The Danger in wanting stuff is that it can replace or minimize our commitment to God
Read Matthew 6:19-21
Jesus understood that what we value in life, will determine our direction in life.
Our relationship to money & material possessions reveals much about our relationship to God.
When we consider money & possessions more important than eternal values, we place ourselves in danger of our priorities & life-focus being out of line.
We begin to live for the things we possess or desire to have. How many times do young people and adults see what “everyone else” has and feel that they have to have it also? Where is the focus?
Do material possessions bring long-lasting security?
Do you think they make us successful?
Jesus was teaching a lesson that was contrary to what had been the custom. In the Old Testament, a person’s worth tended to be defined by what he possessed: land, livestock, money, children, and servants.
Jesus knew the dangers of making the accumulation of possessions a goal in one’s life. “Money Talks” is a familiar phrase. Money can set our priorities and determine our choices.
People spend a lot of energy and money investing in things that will not last. Things that will rust, age, or be stolen.
Jesus wanted us to know that our energy should be used in acts of obedience to God. These acts are to be laid up in heaven where they are eternal and cannot be destroyed.
Wealth is not a sin in itself; rather it is a person’s attitude toward his or her treasures that can become a sin.
If our treasure is on earth, our heart will be on earth also. Remember, all things belong to God and we are to use them as God directs.
Read Matthew 6:22-23
The eye brings either light or darkness into the body depending on the eye’s state of health.
In this passage, Jesus talks about the eye in relationship to the spiritual state of the individual. The eye is either good or bad. If the eye is good, it is focused on God, and will bring light into the body and illuminate every area of it.
If the eye is bad, it is focused on the things of the world, or it tries to focus on both God and the world. This can lead to blurred or distorted vision.
Read Luke 10:27