study on the Sermon on the Mount our Lord Jesus Christ has challenged us to
think about many of the core characteristics that mold who we are and what we
do. Our Lord has challenged us to
consider who we are from the inside out.
He also challenged us to think about why we do the things that we do.
Ultimately our Lord is challenging us to be salt and light in our world.]
[It seems as we have
studied through these great lessons, taught by our Lord, that nothing in our
lives is too sacred for our Lord to address.
Today is no different. Our
Lord now turns our attention to an issue of growing importance in our day.
Our text now brings us face to face with our treasure.]
In our Text our lord
is telling us to have,
A Rightly Discovered Passion in Life
(vs 19-20) [-
Lay not up for
yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
But lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: -
What is your life’s passion?
Your life’s passion is the thing in your life that you live for.
It is that thing that when everything else is gone that you continue to
cling to. This is the ultimate
question of these two verses in our text.
Those things that you are passionate about are the treasures of your
[So, Just what are you laying up for yourself in this mortal
life? Notice the phrase
“Lay [not] up for yourselves” in
[Lay Not Up
θησαυρίζετε (Gk) - from
(2344), treasure. To lay, store or treasure up goods for future use (Matt. 6:19,
20; Luke 12:21; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 12:14; Sept.: 2 Kgs. 20:17; Amos 3:10; Zech.
9:3). Metaphorically, to treasure up wrath or future punishment (Rom. 2:5; James
5:3 [cf.James 5:5]; Sept.: Prov. 1:18). By implication, to keep in store,
reserve, in the pass. with a dat. noun (2 Pet. 3:7)
[This phrase comes from the word from which we get our English
word Thesaurus, and it generally means a collection.
So our Lord is asking us to consider what we are collecting for
ourselves. There are essentially
two collections to which our Lord draws our attention.
Earthly Collection (vs 19; Psalm 62.10; Prov 23.5;Eccl 5.10-13;
3.2) [- Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal: - Everyone has some kind of earthly collection or earthly
treasure. These are those things
that you call your own. You know
what your earthly collection really is by how you react when somebody violates
your collection. These are those
things that when someone takes them you say, “Hey, that’s mine, what are you
doing?” Even homeless people have
Church Reaches Out To Homeless – I recall hearing a pastor speak about how
their Church got a vision for the homeless in their area.
They felt compelled to go and reach out with the gospel to those who were
rejected by everyone else. They
found where the homeless were sleeping in boxes and rough shelters under bridges
and invited them to come to Church.
The homeless said, “You don’t really want us in your Church, and anyways if we
go someone will steal all our stuff.”
The pastor said, “Jesus wants you to get saved and be in our Church, so
we will bring someone down here to watch your stuff while you come to Church.”
Many came and got saved. The point is that everyone has some kind of
earthly collection or treasure.]
wealthy people too - Clearly, the wealthy and prosperous have their
collection. Some assume that the
Lord Jesus Christ is opposed to the wealthy.
They think that to be a Christian one has to be poor.
God is not opposed to earthly stuff.
God points out many rich and godly people in the Bible.
Abraham was a very rich man (Gen 13.2) and Joseph of Arimathaea was rich
also (Matt 27.57). The point is that God
is not oppose to wealth, and Jesus is not confronting wealth.
Jesus is confronting
your attitude towards wealth or how you feel and think about your earthly
Jesus says about earthly treasure.
. . . where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
[Jesus reminds us that this earthly stuff is temporary
and corruptible. Your clothes will
wear out, go out, and be eaten out.
Your clothes will not last forever.
Your car will wear out, break down, and rust out.
Your car will not last for ever.
Your treasures will be stolen, spent up, and taken away through taxes and
by thieves. Jesus is not telling us
anything that we don’t already know. ]
[What Jesus is really trying to say to us is if you
don’t have the right attitude about this worlds stuff then you will find
yourself in discouragement and despair at some point because this earthly
collection will not last and can make your life a continual struggle.]
[Jesus is saying, don’t
base your reason for living on this worlds stuff.]
should never be your reason for living.]
Bank Account should never be your reason for living.]
House or Car should never be your reason for living.]
Family should never be your reason for living.]
[All of these things can and likely will bring despair
into your life if they are your treasures or reasons for living.
All of these things are a part of your life and have varying levels of
importance in your life, but they should not be your reason for living.
[Throughout the Bible
God has warned,]
10 . . . if riches
increase, set not your heart upon them.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that
which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. ]
10 He that loveth silver shall not be
satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this
is also vanity.
11 When goods increase, they are
increased that eat them: and what good
is there to the owners thereof,
saving the beholding
of them with their eyes?
12 The sleep of a labouring man
is sweet, whether he eat little
or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
13 There is a sore evil
which I have seen under the
riches kept for the
owners thereof to their hurt.]
2 Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. ]
[Be careful my
Christian friend, don’t let this world’s mortal stuff get a hold of your heart
and life. Do not lay up earthly
treasures of yourselves.]
Heavenly Collection (vs 20; 1 Pet 1.3-5) [–
But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through
nor steal: - Did you know that you can save up an eternal collection for
yourself while you are still living this mortal life here on earth? ]
Retirement - At some point in our lives we start thinking about saving for
our retirement. When we are
younger, retirement seems a long way off and it is seldom thought about.
But a wise young adult will plan for their future retirement.
However, there inevitably comes a time when all of us begin to think
about retirement and many of us think, “Boy, I wish I had thought about this
retirement thing when I was younger.”
Retirement - Well, Jesus is saying there is a retirement that you need to
think about that is far more valuable than anything you will ever lay up for
yourself in this mortal life. If
you are a born again Christian, then you have everlasting life, and one day soon
you will live forever in the glorious city of
called New Jerusalem or Heaven.
A wise Christian will hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and will
build His eternal retirement account in Heaven.
This is a collection that will never decay, never diminish or loose its
value, and can never be stolen.]
[Of Heaven’s glory and treasures Peter wrote,]
be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for
you, 5 Who are kept by
the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
[I had someone say to me once, “Preacher, I don’t serve
Jesus for eternal rewards, I just want to serve Him because I love Him and I
want too.” Certainly, we ought to
serve our Lord because we love Him, but God tells us about the eternal rewards
in heaven and Jesus tells us to lay them up because God wants us to have them
and these eternal rewards give us direction and purpose in life.
God wants you to discover the eternal rewards He describes in Scripture
and wants you to lay them up for yourself in heaven.]
[Where Will I
Find The Time? I can almost
hear someone thinking, “Wow, eternal rewards.
But how will I find the time?
It takes every minute I’ve got to just take care of my worldly concerns,
how am I going to add eternal concerns into my day?”
The truth is that the eternal rewards are linked to your mortal concerns.
Getting focused upon your eternal rewards deals more with how you
approach and live your life than anything else.
Eternal rewards are all about the why in our life.
Why you are doing what you are doing.]
[So what are
some of these eternal rewards?]
[The crowns include,]
[The Incorruptible Crown won for mastering this Christian Life (1
[The Crown of Life won for enduring persecution (Rev
The Crown of Glory won for being an example for God’s people (1
[The Crown of Righteouness won for loving and longing for Christ’s
appearing (2 Tim 4.8)]
[The Crown of Rejoicing won for witnessing and win the lost to Christ (1
[The privileges are awarded to the overcomers and
[A privilege awarded for loving Christ’s appearing (Rev
[A privilege awarded for maintaining a sound witness (Rev
[A privilege awarded for maintaining your integrity (Rev
[A privilege awarded for keeping yourself spiritually pure (Rev
[A privilege awarded for being faithful (Rev
[A privilege awarded for cleaving to God’s Word (Rev
[A privilege awarded for holding a fervent and pure heart (Rev
[There are many eternal rewards revealed in scripture.
How do you find them? You
search them out in your Bible and then as you live out your life you make these
your goals in life.
You use this world’s
mortal and corruptible treasures to help you set up your eternal rewards and
treasures in Heaven.]
[The Interesting Thing
About Eternal Rewards – The interesting thing about eternal rewards
is that there is no worldly treasure in the list.
There is no gold, silver, or jewels.
There is no house, car, or boat.
Nothing of worldly mortal material finds itself in the list.
Therefore, we must come to understand that this world’s material goods
are of no eternal value at all.
Material goods are but
tools designed to help us lay up our eternal treasures.]
[Therefore we must learn to take what this world thinks
are treasures and convert them into eternal treasures.
We do this by giving and sowing with this worlds material goods.
Worldly treasures are
but tools used to secure eternal treasures.]
An old, rich man with a cranky, miserable attitude visited a rabbi. The
rabbi was a simple man whose heart was right and who lived a simple life. They
weren't together long before the rabbi got a wonderful idea on how to illustrate
to the man what was wrong. He took him by the hand, led him to his window and
said, "Now look out the window and tell me what you see." The man stood there
and said, "Well I see some men and some women and I see a few children." The
rabbi took him by the hand and led him across the room to a mirror and said,
"Now look here and tell me what you see." The man frowned and said, "Well
obviously I see myself..…Interesting," the rabbi replied. "In the window there
is glass, in the mirror there is glass. But the glass of the mirror is covered
with a little bit of silver. And no sooner is the silver added than you cease to
see others, and only yourself." Maybe our troubles started when just a little
bit of silver was added and we stopped looking through and started looking at.]
Directed Vision In Life (vs 21-23) [-
For where your treasure
is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the
eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy
whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be
darkness, how great is that
darkness! - Your passion in life is
for your life. What you set as your
purpose or reason for living will determine your vision in life or what you are
looking for and toward for direction in your life.
In these verses our Lord reminds us that we can have,]
Fulfilling Vision (vs 22; Prov 4.23; 3.5-7) [–
The light of the body is the eye: if
therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. –
Notice that Jesus says your eye is the light of the body.
What you are looking at or towards will become the direction of your
life. If you are looking at your
earthly treasures, then you are looking for them to give you fulfillment in
life. You look at them because you
expect them to fulfill the needs of your life.
You won’t have to look at this world’s stuff for very long to realize
that those earthly treasures just won’t bring fulfillment into your life.]
[So, our Lord says, be careful about where you are
expecting to find purpose and fulfillment in your life.
“If your eye be single” means
if your eye is on your Heavenly Father.
The Bible says,]
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and
he shall direct thy paths. 7
Be not wise in thine own
eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.]
[Everyone is looking to someone or something to give
them guidance, direction and purpose in life.
This is your vision. Is your
passion set on earthly things, then your vision will be directed toward worldly
counsel. Is your passion set on
eternal things, then your vision will be directed toward God and godly counsel.]
Vision (vs 23; Matt 15.14; Eph 4.17-20; 5.6-8) [-
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body
shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,
is that darkness!
– Set your passion on mortal, corruptible, earthly things and your vision will
look toward worldly, lost, and corrupt people and counsel.
There is no sadder place to be than where these blind, lost people are.
The Bible says,]
14 . . . they be blind leaders of the
blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. ]
17 This I say therefore, and testify in
the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as
other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding
darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance
that is in them,
because of the blindness
of their heart: 19 Who
being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness. 20
But ye have not so
learned Christ; ]
6 Let no man deceive you with vain
words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore
partakers with them. 8
For ye were sometimes
are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light: ]
[My Christian friends, is your eye set on the light of
the Lord Jesus Christ. What is your
Vision? Your Vision is directed by
your Passion, what is your Passion?
What is your treasure? What is it
that you think will satisfy and fulfill your life?]
Determined Mission In Life (vs 24) [-
No man can serve two masters: for either
he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. –
Your Passion in life
will direct your Vision in life which is reflected in your Mission in life.
What is your Mission in life?
in life is revealed by what you actually choose to do in your life.
You can say that all kinds of things are your mission in life, but your
actions speak far louder than your words.
Jesus brings two things to our mind as we think about our
in life. ]
Jesus asks you to
Service (Rom 6.16-18) [-
No man can serve two masters:. . . –
Your service or actions reveal who you really serve.
So how do you know who you are serving?
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience
unto righteousness? 17 But God be
thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart
that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of
[All you have
to do to understand who your real master is, is look at your life.
If your life is permeated with sin and immorality then your master is
sin. You might say the devil is
your master or your flesh is your master or in the context of our text darkness
is your master. These are all
essentially the same things.]
5 This then is the message which we have
heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and
in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we
have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as
he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us. 9 If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. 10 If we
say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 My little children, these things write
I unto you,
that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous: 2 And he is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for
the sins of the whole world.
And hereby we do know
that we know him,
if we keep his
He that saith, I know
him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in
him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought
himself also so to walk, even as he walked.]
[Don’t try to say you love God and you are serving God
if you are living in darkness and walking in sin.
If sin marks your life and desires then your treasures are not heavenly
or eternal they are worldly and corruptible.
Your life declares that your mission in life is clearly not God’s mission
for your life.]
[However, if your life is marked by righteousness,
purity, and a desire to be holy like your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you find that you hate sin, although occasionally you fall to it, as
all of us do from time to time.
Yet, you are sincerely striving to live a life that reflects our Lord Jesus
Christ, then give God the praise and glory because your life reflects that you
are the servant of the one true living God.
Submission [- . . . for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else
he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. –
Understand my dear friend if you love sin, then you cannot say you love the Lord
Jesus Christ. If you love the Lord
Jesus Christ then you will hate sin.
These are both contrary one to the other.
Christ in you will compel you away from sin; sin in you will compel you
away from Christ. You must submit
to your master, so to whom do you submit?]
[If you find that you are submitting to sin in your
life, then glory to God Jesus is your answer.
If you will choose Jesus. If
you will call out and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and
Savior then your master can and will be changed.
You need the Lord Jesus Christ as your master today.
There is no master like our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is always good, merciful, faithful, and kind.
He will never let you down and He never makes a bad decision.
You need the Lord Jesus Christ in your life today.]
April 19, 2009