YEAH! Church - Sunday, June 5, 2022
"Doing Life with Jesus”
Today’s Lesson - “What Masters You?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXqReysSupQ (Quiz Worx – Storing Up Treasures)
Which Treasure Are You Collecting?
Matthew 6:19-24, NLT
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Sometimes people think that Jesus taught that money is bad, but that isn’t what he taught at all. Jesus knew that money was a part of life on earth, but he warned that we should not love money. Whether we are rich or poor or somewhere in between, we can become obsessed with money and the things it can buy, like clothes, toys, and electronics. Jesus told us that when that happens, we cannot serve God properly.
Why would he say that? Because when we become obsessed with money and the stuff we can buy with it, our decisions are all filtered through the wrong thinking process. Rather than asking God what he wants us to do, we begin by asking whether or not we have enough money to do it. Rather than obeying God’s commandment to be generous and help those in need, we begin to look to increase what we have rather than finding ways to share. People who love money and stuff can never get enough…and often hoard it for themselves. When this happens, they replace God with a god. They have allowed money and the things they want to replace God as Master.
But Jesus told us there is a better way. He told us that we should store up heavenly treasure. God rewards those who live according to his plan—being generous, telling others about Jesus, loving him with all of our hearts, souls and minds, and others as we love ourselves. When we use our lives to serve God, we will enjoy a place in heaven with all those we helped love into God’s kingdom. Yes, part of the treasure you can store in heaven are the people you help to find Jesus. So, let’s begin collecting treasure, not money and stuff (which we can’t take with us anyway), but the kind that will be stored in heaven…the kind that will last!
• Money and things aren’t bad, but they can have a bad influence on us. When does money and things become a problem?
• God is to be our Master, but money can sometimes be treated as a ‘god.’ How do we treat money as a god?
• Jesus told us it is impossible to have any God other than him. Why?
• Money and things are part of everyday life. How can we make certain to keep them from becoming too important?
Matthew 6:33, NLT – “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
2022 Theme verses:
Colossians 2:6-7, NLT – “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you that we don’t have to be concerned with money and things. Thank you that you provide us with the things we need. Help us to learn to be content and to be generous so that we are never tempted to replace you with money and things.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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