Overview - Matthew 6:19-34
Money and worry often go hand in hand. We see through these two passages that Jesus teaches us about money and then teaches us about worrying. Storing up our treasures in heaven isn’t necessarily limited to our tithing, but really speaks to our obedience in all acts towards God. We should be seeking fulfillment from God in all that we do, not just with our money.
Jesus goes on to tell us that we can’t serve two masters. This speaks to the notion that we should focus on Him. We live in a materialistic society. A good test for all of us is to consider how much time you spend thinking about God versus how much time you spend thinking about money. Where do you stand?
There are so many ill effects of worry. Worrying can cause us to be physically sick, unproductive, irritable, etc. Worrying is more hurtful than helpful and shows a lack of faith in God. To seek Him first means to trust God for help. We should run to Him for help.
So many things compete for our attention. We should be reminded while reading these passages to turn our thoughts to Him and allow Him to lead us
Read Matthew 6:19-34
OBSERVE: Make an outline of the major points from the text. What stood out to you? Did you see any repetition? Lists? Commands? Promises? Are there questions that you have trouble answering?
SUMMARIZE: In a sentence or two summarize the main idea of the passage.
APPLY: Where are you in the story? How do these words challenge you? What is God asking you to do in obedience to His Word?
Read Matthew 6:19-34
What does it look like for you to lay up your treasures in heaven and not on earth?
What does Jesus mean when He said the eye is the lamp of the body?
What were the things the people that Jesus was speaking to most worried about? Why do you think Jesus concentrates on these things?
READ mark 10:21
Although Jesus told this man to go and sell everything and give his money to the poor, this doesn’t mean that believers should sell all of their possessions. This is more about not letting anything we have or desire keep us from following Jesus. We must strive to remove any distractions that would hinder us from following Him.
Read Luke 16:13
Money has the power to take over your life. It can become your master. Money promises things that it often cannot deliver. We should choose to allow God to be our only master.
READ Luke 12:22-34
Jesus teaches us not to worry, but it is so hard to avoid. The only thing that we can do to avoid worrying is to increase our faith. God knows what we need and He provides.