Today is Wednesday, January 10th. Blessings to you as you read The Daily today. Your eyes are on God’s Word and you are reading it in community with others. Hooray! Our Scripture today reminds us that where we choose to look has long-term implications. We can look for light and love and joy and peace. We can also allow our eyes to take in and stay in the darkness that lurks around us. The Light of the World beckons...He is calling each of us out of the darkness and into His loving arms today!
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How would you define the word treasure? List some of your treasures in this life.
_ What treasures have you experienced as you have been helped or have helped others to grow in or discover Jesus?
Fairest Lord Jesus: You are the giver and sustainer of all good gifts. Thank you for lavishing the best gifts upon your children. Lord forgive us for not seeing You as the most important gift; The Ultimate Treasure. Please help us have eyes to see where you are working and help us invest wholeheartedly in Your mission on earth.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13
DISCOVER [Matthew 6:19-24]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust, 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.
_ In vs. 19 Matthew, through the Holy Spirit, directs us NOT to do what? Give examples of things that will be moth-eaten or rust or be destroyed or stolen in time.
_ In vs 20 we see what we SHOULD DO. What does it look like in our daily lives to “lay up treasures in heaven?” What spiritual disciplines can foster this lifestyle the Lord calls us to?
_ Where your _________ is, there your __________ will be also. Vs 21 Why is this so significant?
_ Verse 22 challenges us to think about what our eyes rest upon… what have your eyes rested upon in the last hour, day, week? How does this action focus what we think about and what we then do?
_ How do we find the LIGHT according to verse 22? How is darkness allowed into our lives?
_ Who are the two masters in verse 24? What do we learn about allegiance to one or both?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What in your life is vying for your attention, time, prayer, or finances? Is there a specific treasure that you are most invested in?
_ Are there any areas Jesus is inviting you to shift your gaze off of something else and on to Him?
_ Are you lacking power or strength to keep your focus where you intend? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer in a specific area?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?