3.26.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 55. Surrender.

Yesterday we spoke about junk. The garbage in our lives that we need to get rid of. Jesus continues that thought here: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” – Matthew 6:20

Jesus is now telling His followers to focus on stockpiling treasures in heaven. These rewards are eternal. They cannot be lost to moths, rust, thieves, or anything else. In financial terminology, they are a far better investment. Christ’s meaning here is not that believers ought to have no possessions, or money, at all. The main theme of the Sermon on the Mount so far, has been the priority of motivations. Our hearts and our sincerity towards God matter most of all, so having wealth is not a problem until we start to prioritize it over godliness.

How did Jesus mean for His followers to store up rewards for themselves in heaven? He has spoken a few times in this Sermon on the Mount of acts God will reward. These have included being persecuted for Jesus’ sake, giving to the needy in secret, praying in secret and fasting without calling attention to oneself. In short, God rewards His people when they lead lives of sincere devotion and worship to Him.

So to take this a step further and to get just a little conviction going here….How devoted is your life to God? Is your life a life of sincere devotion and worship to Him?

Not trying to call anyone out here but really….it’s a good question to ask. I do this often, take a little account of my life, my motives, my desires, my dreams. Ya know, the stuff that i’m trying to surrender more and more to God.

He wants it all. Like…all of it. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong, but it’s in the surrender that we truly find the freedom that Jesus provides….

7 Comments

  1. Suzanne on March 26, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Hebrews 11
    6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

    Colossians 2
    6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

    1 Timothy 6
    6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and[c] we cannot take anything out of the world.

    • Suzanne R on March 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      1 Timothy 6- love this !!

  2. Peggy F on March 26, 2021 at 4:55 am

    ” But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven”…to me….this means turning from every worldly distraction…these are scriptures I wrote just before sleep..and now , even more, I ask Holy Spirit to draw me, by Your grace and mercy to Your living word, that will take root in my heart, and grow…. Mark 4 30 ” To what shall we liken the kingdom of God?…it is like a mustard seed…when it is sown in the ground is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is sown, it grows up, becomes greater than all herbs…and shoots out large branches……..and going back to a previous scripture , we become ” trees of righteousness” bearing fruit …for His glory. I am the branch………Jesus is the true vine……John 15:1 as we have been reading …….
    Joshua 1:8,9 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall ” meditate” in it ” day and night”, that you may observe to do all that is written in it. ……and verse 10..prepare….cross over…..possess the land …………
    Matthew 6:33 But Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…..and all these ” things”..( all we need or want or desire in life) will be added ……Amen
    Hebrews 4:12 ” For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing, even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Let it be, Lord !!!

    • Suzanne on March 26, 2021 at 6:03 am

      Amen and again…amen!

  3. Diane J on March 26, 2021 at 6:30 am

    I have to remind my self Philipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ sometimes Jesus who gives me strength Honestly I try to fix everyone and I forget God has this my Devotion is a roller coaster I want to get a closer relationship with God I am a work in progress and as of late I am reading God’s word more
    THANK YOU Dave for these daily devotions God Bless

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 26, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Prayers up for you today Diane!

  4. Sherri H on March 27, 2021 at 12:51 am

    amen surrender what a word SURRENDER!!! surrender EVERYTHING to God help me Jesus to do just that surrender it ALL thank you God and thank you Dave for the reminder AMEN!!!

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