Sermon on the Mount


This devotional is written by Morwenna Triggs. She works in fashion. At St Mary’s will most likely be found dancing. Leads Rhythm workshops monthly, come and try it out! 

Matthew 6:19-24

19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.


Today as a nation, the majority have more wealth and disposable income than ever
before. But how often do you feel like you could do with just that little bit more? Just
a bit more and then a bit more than that... Money it seems just leaves us dissatisfied,
unhappy and always wanting more. It’s trapping - the more you have the more you
want and the darkness of that is consuming.
But verse 20 tells us "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and
vermin do not destroy". What relief that brings as Christians, it is powerful and
freeing to know we can store the treasure of our heart with God, despite what’s going
on in the day-to-day. When money is plentiful and when money is lacking.
Jesus is very direct in verse 24, he doesn’t beat about the bush or hint at the truth.
He gives the answer. God or money you can’t love both. I think Jesus makes it clear
here for his disciples as he really wants to get his message across, and in verse 22
he reminds us that our eyes are like a lamp and instructs us to keep fixed on the
light. "Jesus is the light of the world" (John 8:12) and putting our treasures on him will
keep us "healthy" (verse 22). The Greek for healthy here is better translated as


Father I ask for more of your sprit so that I may keep my eyes fixed on your light.
I give to you the things of this world, I want to store up your treasures and care most
about the things which are on your heart.

Father help me to not hold my money tightly, but be able to use it freely and
generously, in a way that works with your plan.

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