Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:19-21

A. A fundamental error of hypocrites and sinners is that they choose the world for their reward
–1. Jesus, having warned us against coveting the praise of men, warns us against coveting the treasures of the world
B. Laying up your treasure
–1. Everyone has something that he makes his treasure
—-a. His portion, that which his heart dwells upon
—-b. Christ’s aim is not to deprive us of our treasure, but to direct us in our choosing it
–2. Do not lay up your treasure on earth
—-a. We ought not consider earthly treasures, material things, to be the best things
—-b. We ought to know when we have enough
——i. Not coveting an abundance, not continually desiring more
—-c. We ought not depend upon wealth to be our supply, our security in the future
—-d. We should be content with little, not grasping for surplus
–3. Why we should not make worldly things our treasure
—-a. They are liable to destruction
——i. Worldly things break down, change, lose value, and spoil
——ii. Worldly things are inherently prone to corruption and decay
—-b. They are liable to loss or theft
——i. The greater the treasure, the greater the eyes of theft upon it
——ii. No worldly treasure can be so laid up that it is impossible to lose
——–1. It is foolishness to make these insecurities our treasure
—-c. This relates especially to what Jesus has just preached about seeking the praise of men
——i. The opinions of men are fickle, prone to corruption and change, easily stolen away
——ii. They are an earthly treasure
–4. Lay up treasures in heaven
—-a. There are treasures in heaven, as sure as there are on this earth
——i. It is wise to lay up our treasure in these
—-b. We ought to place our contentment and happiness in Christ
–5. Why we should make heavenly things our treasure
—-a. They are safe from destruction
—-b. They are safe from loss and theft
—-c. Heavenly things are above and beyond the changes and chances of the world
C. Where is your heart?
–1. It is good to be concerned with our treasure, because our heart will follow
—-a. “The temper of our minds, and consequently the tenor of our lives, will be accordingly either carnal or spiritual, earthly or heavenly.” -Matthew Henry
–2. Our hearts belong to God
—-a. We ought to lay up our treasure in┬áhim, so that our hearts will be lifted to him
—-b. If our hearts are with Christ, where can they be better?

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