We have been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and following D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaching from his Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. We have now come to the section following the Disciples Prayer outline, verses 19 -20, where Jesus tells us,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.
So here, we come to the problem of living the Christian life in the world and therefore how to overcome to world while living in it. Jesus gives us two points to follow: 1) we are not to store up for ourselves treasures upon earth, but 2) we are to store up treasures in heaven.
We Are Not to Store Up for Ourselves Treasures Upon Earth
Here are a few notes from my reading:
Jesus wants us to be concerned not so much with having wealth and possessions, but with our attitude toward them.
We are to be concerned with our whole attitude toward life in this world. That is, we ought not to get our total satisfaction in life from things in this world.
A person’s treasures are the things that mean everything to him—what he is living for.
Here are some things in this world that can become our treasures: love of money, of honor, of position, of status. We are not to be so concerned with these things that they take up our entire life. These things will all pass away in the end.
We Are to Store Up Treasures in Heaven
Use your riches to prophet you for the next life.
Do not labor for what will perish but for what will endure to everlasting life.
Have a right view of life. In this world we are pilgrims. We walk under the eye of God, toward our everlasting hope.
Our attitude must be that I am not the possessor of my things. They really do not belong to me. I am but a custodian of them.
I should always be using my things for the glory of God.
I am a child of God placed here for His purpose.
I must hold my things loosely; I am to be in a state of blessed detachment from them; and I should always be considering how I can use the things that God has entrusted to me for His kingdom.