The Treasure Hunt
Matthew 6:19-34; Luke 12:22-32
During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught His followers how to search for hidden treasure.
“Where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be.” He said.
What did He mean?
Simply that whatever a person thinks about and dreams about, is what he or she is most in love with.
Do you dream about having more toys, saving more money, running faster?
Is there something you want more than anything else in the world?
Jesus taught that treasures like these can all disappear. The place to look for hidden treasure is in heaven.
“You cannot love money and love God.” Jesus said.”Don’t worry about having enough to eat or drink, or how you will buy new clothes.”
Jesus taught: Put God first in everything and you will see how everything works out for the best. God is bigger than any problem you might have. Just be sure to talk to Him about it.
“Look at the birds,” Jesus pointed at a flock flying overhead. “Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than a bird? Why worry about clothes then?
How to Build a House
Matthew 7:24-29; Luke 6:46-49
Jesus finished His Sermon on the Mount by saying. “If you change your lives, you are like the wise man who built his house on solid rock.”
What happens to a house built on rock?
It stays put, no matter if it rains hard or the winds blow.
“Those who hear these words, but do not try to change will be like the foolish man. He built his house upon the sand.” Jesus said.
What happens to a house built on sand?
It might be very pretty but as soon as a storm hits, as soon as floods rage the house is swept away or falls with a big crash! Everyone who has heard this teaching by Jesus has a choice. They can walk away, living as they used to or they can act on what they have heard and let Jesus’ teaching change their lives.
Matthew 5:1-12; Luke 6:20-23
Jesus gave a very important talk one day on a hillside. He wanted to explain some of His teachings and many, many people followed Him there. The talk Jesus gave is called the Sermon on the Mount.
On that hillside, Jesus taught the people about real happiness. The people noticed He turned everything upside-down. Instead of saying the tough and pushy people would be winners He said the weak people and the ones who depended on God were truly happy. This was something the people had never heard before.
“The most precious people in God’s eyes are the poor. The special ones are those who are hurting and gentle for they want very badly to see the right thing done. These are the people who take care of others. If anyone hurts you because you believe in me, then be glad, for you will surely be rewarded in heaven.” Jesus said.
Do You Know How to Be Salt?
The people who heard Jesus were astonished. This was like no teaching they had ever heard before. It made them feel loved and wanted by God.
“You are the salt of the earth.”Jesus said.
“But how can we be salt?” They asked each other.
The answer is that ordinary people are the ones who make the world a special place. Mothers and fathers who raise their children; the peace makers, who try to bring people together; people who work hard then come home and play with their children. All these people stop the world from wasting away. They are just like salt because salt helps keep meat from going bad or being wasted. And, salt makes food taste extra good. Ordinary people, not the rich or powerful people, can change the “taste” of the world from bad to good.
“You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city on a hillside.” Jesus said.
He knew the lights of a city would always be seen a long way off. No one hides a light under a bucket; that would be a silly waste. People who follow God in their lives should not be afraid to do the things Jesus says. Every man, woman and child who loves God, can show others what God is like by loving the people around them.