Christian Ambition

Christian Ambition

Matthew 6:19-34

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,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] 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.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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In this passage, Christ teaches on two topics: treasure and worry. More than these topics, however, this passage is about our aim and perspective as children of God. Where we place our treasure and the degree to which we are filled with worry indicate what our hearts are set on. Jesus’ aim is to showcase the heart of our Father in heaven and to invite us to trade in our worldly-mindedness for a heavenly-mindedness as we orient our lives around seeking the Kingdom of God first.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the treasure of your heart today?  
    • In what way(s) does that treasure showcase to what or to whom you are devoted? 
  2. What do you find yourself filled with worry about? 
    • How does reflecting on God’s heart soothe your worries?
  3. How does our tendency to lay up treasures on earth and to be filled with worry showcase a perspective that is concerned more with our priorities rather than the Kingdom of God and its priorities? 
  4. How does reflecting upon the heart of God help us to treasure Him as supreme?

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