“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 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! “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.” – Matt. 6:19-24
- How do you try to live the way of Jesus in the ordinary mundane things of life?
- What do Jesus’ words of “life to the full” mean to you?
- Why is it so easy to get distracted by “things” or “stuff” and lose sight of the most important things in life?
- What do you value or protect the most? Where might your treasure be?
- How does the question, “Do you want more stories or more stuff?” hit you? Does it shift anything in your mind and heart?
- Do you ever find yourself envying others or being jealous of something they have or do? How do you work through that?
- Do you find it easy or hard to release your money to God? Why or why not?
“Materialism is that that tethers our hearts to the earth.” – John Stott
“Use the things of this world but long for the things of eternity.” – Thomas a Kempis
“Jesus invites us to live life to the full by surrendering our stuff, desires, and money to God.” – Michael Poorman