39 What you treasure needs to have lasting value.

Matthew 6:19–34

What does it mean to “store treasure in Heaven (Matthew 6:19–21)?

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How is financial security achieved (Matthew 6:19–21)? How much is “enough”?

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What do you think most nonbelievers treasure most (Matthew 6:19–21)?

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What should Christians treasure most (Matthew 6:19–21)? Second and third?

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How are our desires connected to our treasures (Matthew 6:21)?

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What is the relationship between what we see and how we feel (Matthew 6:22–23)?

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If we believe a lie, how would we know (Matthew 6:22–23)? Assuming that we might have been deceived in some way, how can we learn the truth?

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Why can’t we love both God and money (Matthew 6:24)?

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If Jesus said we should not worry about our lives, what we should eat, drink, or wear, why do Christians ever have those concerns (Matthew 6:25–26)?

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What makes worry constructive or destructive (Matthew 6:27–30)? When will it increase, and when will it decrease a person’s lifespan?

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Worry is a sign of weak faith (Matthew 6:30)? What can we do to strengthen our faith and eliminate the worry?

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What does it mean to “seek first the Kingdom” (Matthew 6:31–33)?

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What must we do to acquire God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:33)?

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Why is worry about tomorrow something to be avoided (Matthew 6:34)?

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Do not store up treasure for yourselves on Earth, where moths and rust can eat it up and where thieves can break in and steal. Instead, store your treasure in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Matthew 6:19–21 “Do not store up treasure for yourselves on Earth, where moths and rust can eat it up and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store your treasure in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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Matthew 6:19–21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

“Your eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, darkness fills your body. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how terrible is that darkness!

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Matthew 6:22–23 “Your eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, darkness fills your body. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how terrible is that darkness!
King James

Matthew 6:22–23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

“You cannot be the slave of two masters. You will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and earthly treasure. That is why you should not worry about your life, whether you have enough food and drink or clothes to wear. Isn’t life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds. They do not plant seeds, gather a harvest, or store grain in barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

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Matthew 6:24–26 “You cannot be the slave of two masters. You will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and earthly treasure. That is why you should not worry about your life, whether you have enough food and drink or clothes to wear. Isn’t life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds. They do not plant seeds, gather a harvest, or store grain in barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
King James

Matthew 6:24–26 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

“Can all of your worrying increase your lifespan? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wildflowers grow in the fields. They do not spin yarn or weave fabric. Yet Solomon in his greatest splendor was never dressed like one of them. If God clothes the wildflowers that are here now and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose he will care for you? Why do you have such weak faith?

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Matthew 6:27–30 “Can all of your worrying increase your lifespan? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wildflowers grow in the fields. They do not spin yarn or weave fabric. Yet Solomon in his greatest splendor was never dressed like one of them. If God clothes the wildflowers that are here now and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose he will care for you? Why do you have such weak faith?
King James

Matthew 6:27–30 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

“Do not trouble yourselves with questions like ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ People who do not know God seek such things, but your heavenly Father already knows what you need. Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and he will give you everything you need. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have its own worries. Today’s problems are enough for today.”

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Matthew 6:31–34 “Do not trouble yourselves with questions like ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ People who do not know God seek such things, but your heavenly Father already knows what you need. Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and he will give you everything you need. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have its own worries. Today’s problems are enough for today.”
King James

Matthew 6:31–34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.