Text for this Sunday, Matthew 6:19-24
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust 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. 21For 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.
I don’t know if we’ll get all the way through this passage on Sunday (don’t laugh please), but atleast this is where we’ll start.
What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven, as opposed to storing them on earth? What does it mean to have a healthy eye and so have a life full of light, as opposed to an unhealthy eye, and have a life full of darkness? What does it mean to have God as my master, as opposed to something else mastering me, like money?
Jesus is using three vivid analogies to illustrate that we have a decision to make, and the decision is, “Whom are we for in life?”. That’s the question that Jesus is using to cause His disciples to do some self-evaluation. Whom are are you for in life? Is your life ultimately about you, or is your life ultimately about your God? Whom do you serve? Whom do you really worship? Whom do you consider first? Where we store our “treasure”, which kind of eye we choose to see through, and who we call our master will help us answer that ultimate question… “Whom are we for in life?”
Let us prayerfully prepare ourselves to hear from the Lord this Sunday, and trust Him to give us both the courage to be honest with Him and the faith to be transformed into people who are truly “for Him”.