Jesus sat down and shared with us His disciples the facts of earthly life. That's how I describe the Sermon on the Mount.
Those chapters contained Jesus explaining the basics about salvation, prayer, relational dynamics, and earthly treasures. We've studied the prayer portion at length, as well as the salvation portion. But the treasure lesson is what we'll see today. Look at Mt. 6:19-24.
Jesus told us told us clearly that materialism, or the craving after the things riches can buy, first enslaves our hearts (v.19-21); then it takes captive our minds (v. 22-23), and finally conquers our will (v. 24):
Either we lay up treasures in Heaven that can never be lost (Mt. 6:19-21); Or we clutter our life on Earth with things & lose our treasures in Heaven. There is no middle ground Jesus said. We can't serve two masters (Mt. 6:24).
Peter heard those facts from Jesus in person. He chose to act on what Christ said.
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...