Summary of passage: Jesus says to not store up treasure here on earth which is temporal but store treasure in heaven which is for all of eternity for that is where your heart will be. If you eye is good, you will be full of light. If you eyes are bad, you will be full of darkness. No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and Money.
9a) Praise, recognition, material items (cars, boats, houses or what goes in houses, etc), kids. You can fall from a pedestal easier than the climb. You can have all of your possessions taken away. Your kids can die.
b) Rewards for doing God’s work here on earth. The good that we do for Him here on earth through our faithful giving will last forever.
c) Psalm 119:72: ”The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold”
Luke 12:15-21: Storing up things for yourself and not for God yields you nothing. Life is not about an abundance of possessions.
1 Corinthians 2:9: ”No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
Note: This does not mention treasure so we assume the “what” is greater than treasure.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18: What is unseen is eternal; what is seen (treasure) is temporary.
Philippians 3:8: Nothing is worth having except Jesus and Christ is worth losing all things for
1 Peter 1:4-5: Our inheritance is kept in heaven with Jesus’ death–one that will never perish, spoil, or fade
10a) The things you treasure are the things you believe you can’t live without. Some people can’t live without their cars, their homes, their jobs, their looks, etc. On the other side, some people can’t live without helping others, volunteering, doing God’s work.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Well, I’d like to think it is God and my treasure is in heaven. I don’t typically do things or buy things to impress others for I don’t really care what others think. I try to do what I feel God wants me to and to follow His call in my life. I try to live as much as possible for others and help others.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Speak kinder words. Stop cussing. Live more for others. Put others first. Desire more to help others.
11) Light comes into the body through our eye and if we are generous, we will be full of light and contentment. If we are not generous, darkness consumes us. Either we are looking towards heaven (the light) or we are looking towards earth (the dark). We cannot serve both so we will either have great light or great darkness in our lives.
Conclusions: The term money is material things. We are to use our money (which is not really ours it’s God’s) for Him and His purposes. Again, it’s a matter of the heart. Are we greedy? Or are we generous? Are you sacrificing for God? Or are you sacrificing for money? Do you treasure the things money buys or the things money can do?
The eye is where light enters through the body. If the eyes are good means if you have light (God) in your life, your whole body (heart included) will be good and focused on the light (God) instead of in darkness (evil or earthly things).