Matthew: Jesus’ Teachings: The Firm Faith Of Believers

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:33

6:19-21 Disciples Invest In Heavenly Treasures, Not Earthly

  • 6:19 Jesus starts to teach His disciples what it means to wholeheartedly love God over everything else, including money. He tells the disciples to, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth.” “Lay” means to “store away something for future use.” He says that we are not to store away treasure for ourselves here on this earth. Why do people store away things here on earth? For greater accumulation and for future use or security. We often find our value in how many valuables we have. We worry about our future. But Jesus tells us the reason He doesn’t want us to store up these earthly treasure is because “moth and rust doth corrupt” and “thieves break through and steal.” All earthy treasures can be destroyed or taken away. As believers, our faith, confidence and hope can’t be in things so easily corruptible. Our value is not found in our valuables. Jesus wants our faith to go much deeper than only the: “get out of hell, get to go to heaven” type of motivation. He wants  you to trust God with everything, everyday.
  • 6:20 Jesus does want us to store up treasures but in heaven. Jesus wants us to have a heavenly focus with our treasure. “Treasure” in normal terms means wealth you accumulate based on what is valuable, such as money or property. It is the things that you put all your effort into to obtain. It is what you value the most. But when Jesus uses the term in reference to heaven, He doesn’t mean we are to store up “money” in heaven, but we are to place God and our service for Him as the most valuable thing in our lives. It means all your decisions in life will be based in advancing the kingdom of God and not advancing your personal earthy kingdom. Why heaven? Because it is a place where “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt” and “where thieves do not break through nor steal.” Our heavenly treasure cannot be destroyed or taken away. It means that if you live for God it will be worth it, but if you live for anything else, it won’t be worth it. Earthly rewards will fade away, but heavenly rewards will last forever.
  • 6:21 Where is your treasure? Where is the place that you are storing up what you think is the most valuable? Is it here on earth or in heaven? For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Your heart and your treasure are connected. You lead your heart by devoting yourself to whatever you think is most important. Where is your investment?

6:22-24 Disciples Serve God, Not Money

  • 6:22-23 Next, Jesus uses an analogy. He says that light comes into the body through the eye—meaning the eyes function to receive light allowing us to see and benefits the whole body. He goes on to say that if the eye is healthy (single) then the whole body will be full of light, but if the eye isn’t healthy (evil) then light can’t come in and the body will be filled with darkness—and if therefore the light that is in someone is darkness, how great is that darkness. What does Jesus mean? A person can only receive spiritual light when they are born again (healthy eye) and function properly when they are devoted to God. A person with a bad eye (unbeliever) doesn’t live according to the spiritual light and he is wondering in darkness even if he thinks he can see the light.
  • 6:24 Are you devoted to God? You can only serve one master, not two. You will either hate the one, and love the other or you will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot equally love both. You cannot equally be devoted to both. The two masters that people try to serve at the same time is God and money (mammon). Most people are controlled by money. They need it. They want a better life. They want to help others. They let it guide their life and make their decisions. They are focused on obtaining it. Sadly, believers often serve money and God, but money becomes their priority. Their devotion to God lacks, they aren’t committed to doing God’s will over making money and they have no time for attending church, serving or for the things of God. Their priority is their job or studies—(need a degree to make money). For what? For earthly wealth that doesn’t matter. They are wasting their lives. They are miserable. True discipleship calls believers to love, serve and be committed to God. To what extreme? To the same extreme that Jesus exemplified.

6:25-33 Disciples Seek After God, Not Worry

  • 6:25 If God is really the Master of our lives, then we should heed to Jesus’ next command, “Take no thought for your life.” We don’t need to be anxious and worry about our lives, such as food or clothes. Life is so much more that the daily necessities—food and clothing are important but they are not the most important. We are to trust in God no matter if we are rich or poor. To Jesus’ disciples, who were called to serve full-time, he is reminding them not to worry. He knows that full-time servants need money, food, clothing—but they are not to worry about those things. They serve and He will take care of those.
  • 6:26-30 Jesus gives us some examples to show that God is in control and that He cares for us. (1) Food: The birds don’t sow, reap or gather food into barns, yet our Heavenly Father feeds them. We are more important than birds. (2) Anxious: Who by being anxious (taking thought) can add one cubit unto his stature? Our worry achieves nothing. (3) Clothes: consider the lilies of the field. They grow but they don’t toil or spin, yet they are wonderfully “clothed”. (Even Solomon’s clothes in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.) We don’t need to worry about what we will wear. If God cares about clothing grass, which is not important and is used to fuel the fire, then of course He cares for us and will clothe us. God, as our Heavenly Father, doesn’t want us to worry, but to pray and trust Him to take care of these basic daily needs. Why don’t we? Because of little faith.
    Matthew 6:9-13
  • 6:31-33 Instead of be anxious about food and clothes (like “Gentiles”—unbelievers) we are to trusts that our Heavenly Father knows that we have need of all these things. Since we aren’t worrying about these things, but trusting God to provide, He doesn’t want us just to be idle, but instead he wants us to use our time to seek first—as the most important—His kingdom and His righteousness (God’s will, not ours). When we do this—all these things that we were anxious about will be added unto us (needs, not all desires).

6:34 Disciples Focus On Today, Not Tomorrow

  • 6:34 “Therefore”—since we are seeking first after God then we don’t need to be anxious (take no thought) about tomorrow. We focus on today. Everyday we should defer our worries until tomorrow—meaning we are to never worry because worry never comes, it is always today and never tomorrow. This doesn’t mean life will be easy, because Jesus says that everyday has its own sufficient amount of trouble (evil). He is saying that everyday we should deal with that day’s problems and decisions and not worry about the future. How many people make decisions today based on tomorrow’s anxieties? This points to a lack of faith in God. If we can trust God in the big things (salvation) then we can trust him in the small things (daily necessities). We live by faith not by anxiety.
    Proverbs 27:1

Review Questions

  • Disciples invest in what? Not in what?
  • Disciples serve who? Not who?
  • Disciples seek after who? Not what?
  • Disciples focus on what? Not on what?
  • Believers should live by faith or by anxiety?

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