Sermon Recap: Treasure (Matthew 13:44-46)

This is a recap of the latest sermon in our series on Jesus on Money.

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Money is “the last taboo.” We don’t like talking about it. But Jesus talked about it all the time. He didn’t talk about it because He was obsessed with money. He talked about it because we are. And He is concerned with what we treasure most in our heart.

Jesus Is the Real Treasure

In Matthew 13:44 and 46, each man in the parables sold “all that he had” to get the treasure and the pearl, respectively. He wasn’t sad to lose his baseball card collection or give up his car—the treasure was priceless!

There may be 1000 treasures buried in a field. Or dozens of perfect pearls worth selling all for. But God had only one Son. And He gave Him up for us all. God gave up His treasure so that He could be ours. Jesus is worth everything! He is the real treasure.

And God the Father gave up His only Son in order to win us! WE are God’s treasure. Is He ours?

Money Is an X-Ray for Your Soul

That’s what Jesus taught when He said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). THAT’S why we don’t talk about money. I don’t want you to know what I do with it because I don’t want you to see where my priorities are. If you do, you will see the ways that I am a hypocrite or a glutton or a selfish consumer or a scrooge-like saver.

Which is why Jesus talked so much about money. In His teaching, He holds the X-ray up to the light, points out the brokenness, and gives us the proper diagnosis and treatment.

God Gives Us Money So We Can Make Jesus Our Treasure

In Luke 16:10-13, Jesus taught that our money is the little we have been given to be faithful with so that, one day, God may entrust us with much! Our income is a training ground for our heart to make Jesus our treasure every day, in every way. We must give all our money to Jesus in order to be free to serve Him alone. You can’t serve God and money.

Paul wrote, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Christ was rich—He made and owned the heavens and earth! But He became poor so we could be rich in Him! In Christ, we are richer than all the billionaires in the world! Everything is ours in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:21-23).

Reflection & Application Questions

  1. What does the Bible teach about Jesus’s value? Can you think of any verses that show that He is priceless?
  2. What does the Bible teach about our value in God’s eyes? Can you think of any verses that show we are God’s treasure?
  3. What is one “treasure” you are tempted to “lay up for yourself… on earth?” Why do you value it? 
  4. What does money reveal about your priorities? If you and Jesus looked at the x-ray together, what would He say? What would He show you about your heart through your earning and planning and saving and spending?
  5. What do you think it means that God gives us money so we can make Jesus our treasure? What is one way you can grow to use your money to make Jesus your treasure?
  6. What is one think you can share with a trusted Christian friend one way you want to grow to honor Christ with your money.