Matthew 6:19-24 “Treasured Possession”

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Introduction Video Credit: “Rooted week 8: Whiteboard Money”
Everyone needs money. You need money to purchase the necessities of life. The government needs your money to continue to function. Non-profit groups need your money to continue to serve in their varying capacities. Businesses need your money in order to make money and pay their employees. Producers need money to sustain themselves and provide for their families. Everyone needs money… except for God.
God doesn’t need money; in fact, God doesn’t need anything. God is the one that provides us with the things that we need, money being just one of those things. However, God does want our money in the same way He wants everything else He has blessed us. Our Lord wants our money, time, energy, and everything else to be used to honor Him above all else. Ultimately the use of those things comes from what is in our heart, and that is what He wants most of all.
Questions to take home:
Why do you think that is it difficult to talk about money with other people? Why is it difficult for us to talk about money in the church?
The Bible talks a lot about the “first fruits” when it comes to giving to God. Why do you think that giving the first fruits of our resources/blessings is important? Does the way that you use the money and resources that God has blessed you with honor Him? If so, how?
If not, are there steps you can take to move toward honoring God first with your money?
Scripture Passages Referenced: Matthew 6:19-24; Deuteronomy 6:5; Exodus 20:3; Proverbs 22:7; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 2:16; Psalm 62:10; Luke 16:14-15; Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:25; 1 Chronicles 29:14; Philippians 4:19; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; Deuteronomy 16:17; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 8:5; Psalm 121; Matthew 15:8