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Rest in our Finances

Matthew 6:19-24
December 17, 2017

Review:  Last week did you find opportunities to give life rather than criticize?

Introduction: “Peace!” the angel announces at the birth of the Holy Child. “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace….”  So why so much stress in our lives? Maybe it’s not so much the work we are doing as much as the work behind our work. Maybe it’s not so much about what we are doing but why we are doing it. This Advent Jesus catches us trying to live at the speed of thought and slogging through unprecedented levels of anxiety, vitriol, and uncertainty. But he invites us to step aside and find his rest. “Come unto me, all you who are weary…”  Matthew 11:28

This week we focus on how we cannot buy our peace nor want more than our hearts desire in Jesus.  December is a time of year when our culture wants us to focus on being consumers.  God calls us to store up treasures in heaven.

Pray: LORD, Jesus, help us hear your word and find peace in you.  Amen.

Read:  Matthew 6:19-24

Discussion:

  1. What are “treasures on earth”?

    What are “treasures in heaven”?

  2. Rephrase verse 21, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” in your own words. 
    Give examples of how you have seen this to be true.

  3. What does Jesus mean when he says your eye is the lamp of the body?

  4. Why do so many well-meaning people think they can serve two masters, God and wealth?

    Why is Jesus so clear and decisive in saying you cannot serve two masters?

  5. What effects how you see life and what is valuable?

  6. Describe a treasure or two that you are storing in heaven.

Application:  This week as you spend your wealth, time and talent, evaluate the reasoning behind your expenditures.  

Pray:  Thank you for your words Jesus, that free us to focus on serving one master.  Thank you for being worthy to serve, generous in grace, loving us into your kingdom.  Protect us from our culture’s attempt to seduce us into consumerism.  Give us generous eyes and hearts that store up treasures in heaven.  Amen.

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