Sermon on the Mount Imperishable Riches
Life is short, and happiness consists not in what can be seen and touched. Earthly treasures may leave us in this life and certainly, beyond for it is not allowedin death. This simple but obvious truth helps put things in perspective concerning what is real and of ultimate and lasting value. We all have a variety of things we treasure and are convinced they are essential to our happiness and fulfilment;but for the believer, we live in this world, but our sight is on the world above (Col.3:1-2) In this sermon, Jesus deals with our priorities, what we treasure, and he does so by addressing the heart (19-21)soul (22-23) and will (24) our Lord wants us to have the right treasure, right devotion, and right master.
Jesus tells us there are only two places where our treasure can be-on earth or in heaven, only 2 options. What we treasure shows what we value; our Lord said: “Don’t store up treasures on earth.” This isa word of command calling for constant vigilance. Jesus does not mean we should not enjoy the things of this life; but they should not become our master. Because they do not last, “moth and rust” can destroy them-thieves can break in and steal them.
In this “selfie” world, which has an idolatrous culture, we need to remember that looks fade and bodies wear out, earthly treasures are transient and temporary; so, our Lord say to treasure the things that lasts and cannot be taken away from you. In heaven neither moth, rust nor thieves are found. Earthly treasures are not secure, but heavenly treasures are eternal.
Jesus tells the story of the rich man, his crops, the tearing down of the inadequate barn and the building of a larger one to store his grain and goods; then he’ll say to himself: “You have many goods stored up for many years, take it easy, eat, drink and enjoy yourself.” He trusted in his earthly possessions; nowhere did the text say he gave to the poor and needy, it was all about himself; but God pronounced judgement on his life that night-then God said, “The things you have stored up, whose will they be?” (Luke 12:16-21) If we store up treasures on earth for ourselves then we will not be rich toward God in heaven.
- It is a poor bargain to exchange the eternal for the temporal.
- Devote yourself to God alone and gain eternal treasure in heaven because all other pursuits will fail you.
- Jesus reminds us that the stakes are high in the battle for our souls
- Is Jesus warning us against idolatry in this text?
Conclusion: We must ask ourselves where our treasure is located, in heaven or on earth. One of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith is that our hearts (who we really are) should belong to God. He created and redeemed us with the precious blood of his Son; so, to love anything or anyone else more than Jesus is spiritual failure.
By Rev. Barbara McFarlane