Do not focus on earthly treasures such as honor, glory, or wealth, but appreciate those treasures that have heavenly significance.

BibleGateway: Matthew 6:16-24

ESV Text: Matthew 6:16-24

Matthew 6:16–24 (Listen)

Fasting

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust1 destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys 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. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.2

Footnotes

[1] 6:19 Or worm; also verse 20

[2] 6:24 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:115 and ends at about 3:199 seconds.

     16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

     19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 349 (LSB 683):
Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

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1. Jesus, Thy boundless love to me 
No thought can reach, no tongue declare; 
Unite my thankful heart to Thee 
And reign without a rival there. 
To Thee alone, dear Lord, I live; 
Myself to Thee, dear Lord, I give. 

2. Oh, grant that nothing in my soul 
May dwell but Thy pure love alone! 
Oh, may Thy love possess me whole, 
My Joy, my Treasure, and my Crown! 
All coldness from my heart remove; 
My every act, word, thought, be love. 

3. O Love, how cheering is Thy ray! 
All pain before Thy presence flies; 
Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away 
Where’er Thy healing beams arise. 
O Jesus, nothing may I see, 
Nothing desire or seek, but Thee! 

4. This love unwearied I pursue 
And dauntlessly to Thee aspire. 
Oh, may Thy love my hope renew, 
Burn in my soul like heavenly fire! 
And day and night be all my care 
To guard this sacred treasure there. 

5. Oh, draw me, Savior, e’er to Thee; 
So shall I run and never tire. 
With gracious words still comfort me; 
Be Thou my Hope, my sole Desire. 
Free me from every guilt and fear; 
No sin can harm if Thou art near. 

6. Still let Thy love point out my way; 
What wondrous things Thy love hath wrought! 
Still lead me lest I go astray; 
Direct my work, inspire my thought; 
And if I fall, soon may I hear 
Thy voice and know that love is near! 

7. In suffering be Thy love my peace, 
In weakness be Thy love my power; 
And when the storms of life shall cease, 
O Jesus, in that final hour, 
Be Thou my Rod and Staff and Guide 
And draw me safely to Thy side! 


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