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Where Is Your Treasure?

All of us are laying up treasures, all the time, every day. The only question is where? Is it here on earth or is it in heaven? And what do I mean by treasures in heaven?

What Won’t Matter?

When we finally stand before God on Judgement Day some things will matter, and some things won’t. Let me tell you what won’t matter. God is not concerned with the material treasures we’ve managed to accumulate here on earth. What he will want to know is what we have done with Christ. Only what we have done with Christ – and for Christ – will matter.

Life is a pilgrimage between two moments of nakedness. So we shouldn’t make too much of the luggage.

“Remember Job said “naked we come, naked we go” (Job 1:21). Life is a pilgrimage between two moments of nakedness. So we shouldn’t make too much of the luggage.

You can have luggage, you can enjoy luggage. Hopefully you share luggage with others. And it will vary from person to person. But the luggage isn’t the point of the journey.”

Treasure in the Ancient World

“So in Christ’s day, you would keep your wealth sometimes in fabric. The problem is moths got into the fabric. Perhaps you had steel or you had metal and rust got into the metal. And thieves would break into your house and steal. Nothing was safe in the Ancient World. And nothing has changed.

Nothing is Durable

So we try and protect our treasure with insurance, with ADT, with rat poison, with overseas investments. But at the end of the day it still disintegrates through inflation or devaluation or an economic slump.

Your treasures may well last. The problem is, you won’t.”

Because nothing is durable. Nothing lasts. But then you say “but Martin, you know, I’ve had the most wonderful training. I am bright, I am sharp, I’m even psychic in terms of being able to read the economic environment.” Well that may well be true. You may well be sharp and bright. You may well be psychic in being able to read the economic environment. Your treasures may well last. The problem is, you won’t.”

Breaking the Grip of Materialism

Through this passage, Martin unpacks what the Bible has to say on the subject of materialism. Firstly, he sets the record straight and demonstrates why materialism doesn’t pay. Secondly, he demonstrates that materialism isn’t neutral – we have to make a choice to either serve the Creator, or part of his creation.

Finally, Martin provides us with the antidote to materialism. He answers the frequently asked question “how much should we be giving?” Of course, if the treasure belongs to God in the first place, this rather turns the question on it’s head!

Text: Matthew 6:19-24

Date preached: 9 September 2018

Location: Christ Church Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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