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Lesson # Matt. 6:19-21
Study Material - Matt. 6:19-21
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
19 '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; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
There are two kinds of treasure. Just as there are two opinions in existence - Gods opinion and everything else, so too there are two kinds of treasure - Heavenly treasure and everything else.
The 'everything else' treasure is of this world. It is limited and temporary. It is subject to destruction by predators (moth, bacteria, etc.), deterioration by nature (rust, wearing out, etc.), and loss by means of mankind (thieves, death, etc.). It includes every conceivable thing that you can or could ever want in life - clothing, jewelry, money, furniture, vehicles, toys, hobby things, pleasure, social activities, entertainment's of all types, popularity, power, authority, prestige, real-estate, the list goes on almost endlessly. Anything that you can own, or want, or receive from others is included in this category. These come from the world and if they are your objective in life, if they are your focus rather than, and as a replacement for, God in your life, then they are considered of this world and broadly categorized as wood, hay, and stubble - things lacking intrinsic value, things lacking duration over time and things that eventually end up as rot or trash to be disposed of, burned, or thrown out. Their destiny is destruction and you will end up losing them all eventually.
You will for certain lose many of them during your life. Things wear out, things get lost, things lose their importance over time. And what you do not lose during your life you will lose in your death. That is the event in your life that has power beyond anything man can match against it, and against which man is totally helpless. We cannot stop time. We cannot stop death. It is a certainty for us all.
On the other hand, there is the treasure of heaven. Moses is the best example of one who turned his back on the treasures of this world, for the treasures of heaven, Heb. 11:26. He, through doctrine, saw the rewards of heaven as being far more valuable than the treasures of Egypt. He was the crown prince of Egypt. He would have been Pharaoh. He would have had all the power, and wealth, and pleasures that came with the position. He had it all in his own hand and had only to wait his turn following the death of Pharaoh. Then we would probably have seen a pyramid with Moses inside. But that was not to be. The wealth of Egypt was great. How many of us could turn our backs on that kind of guaranteed wealth, and go hiking off into the desert, and poverty, and to an uncertain future???
Well, that is exactly what you are doing right now in your Bible study. You are spending your time investing in your future wealth, your future rewards by means of your spiritual growth. God gave us three capital assets for investment in our future. Note that we generate nothing of our own, but we even begin life by the grace of God, not from our own resources. Those assets are time, volition, and Bible doctrine. What we do with these three determines our future. We can waste our time and invest in the things of this world, or we can use our time wisely and invest in our Bible study, in our spiritual life, in our fellowship status, in the application of or divine assets to our daily life, and reap the results of our investment in eternity.
Just as salvation is infinitely more valuable than no salvation - eternal life vs. eternal condemnation. So too, spiritual maturity is infinitely more valuable than rejection of Bible study. The difference is in the future reward or lack thereof.
A fool would take the attitude that being saved and eventually receiving a resurrection body and being in heaven with God is enough, and then proceed to ignore God during their remaining life here on earth. And for sure, all believers will receive these basic blessings in eternity. But in life, responsibility is expected as well, and with greater responsibility comes greater rewards. If your treasure is in the pleasures of this world, then that is where your heart is - carnal and decaying with decadence, resulting in misery for yourself as well as others you might affect.
Where your treasure is, there also is your master. And you are a slave to your master whatever the source. Never think that rejecting God gives you freedom and more self determination for it does not. Being a slave to this world is the worst thing that one can subject himself too. Not only do you reap misery from it, but you lose those extra blessings that you could have had in heaven.
Better to be Gods slave, because under His authority you have true freedom and greater wealth far beyond anything you could ever hope to attain in this world.
The warnings thus far are to avoid the lusts of your own thoughts, avoid the praise of people of this world, and now avoid the treasures of this world. And this avoidance means to avoid the 'coveting' of these things. Obviously you cannot avoid things in this world because you need them to get along from day to day. But you can avoid lusting for them such that you ignore God in your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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