Sermon: Asking Jesus Into Your Checkbook

I took this sermon from Matthew 6:19-21 that reads:

“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.”

I contrasted the giving habits of Warren Buffet and the giving habits of the collective Christians who fund and support Moody Bible Institute.  By comparing the two, I try to argue that the giving habits of supporters of Moody (because they are storing up treasure in heaven) will accomplish the world change hoped for in Buffet’s giving habits (since Buffet is truly only storing up treasure on earth).

In reflection, one of the problems with this sermon is that I step across the line of attacking Buffet and making some assumptions about his life that are my inferences and not necessarily things he has stated. I would look to change that tactic moving forward.

Nonetheless, the point remains that Jesus is speaking to people like Buffet, who store up treasure on earth even in giving wealth away.  Because, these kids of folks will be simply transferring their earthly storehouse into many other earthly storehouses.


About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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