When Jesus tells us to store up our treasure in heaven rather than on earth, he’s not just giving us a good piece of advice, but neither is he simply putting a godly spin on that principle by telling us to focus on good deeds and righteousness. To grasp the power of Jesus' teachings, they cannot be equally true whether it was Jesus who said it or Solomon or Oprah or your humble local pastor. Rather, Christ’s teachings must be viewed in light of Christ’s whole life and ministry and in the light of our identity as the gathered community of God’s People. What gives Jesus’ words their power is that God's Kingdom is breaking into the world in the person of Jesus, that Jesus is launching a revolution that overturns everything we tend to value and trust, calling us to leave behind our enslavement to the ways of the world and to wholly put our faith in God's emerging Kingdom.
This week's sermon...from Matthew 6:19-34.