The passage of this sermon outline is Matthew 6:22-34
Materialism can bring a big blow in our walk and faith in the Christ. There are dangers in it.
The danger of wrong focus Your labor will be in vain. You can store up that much but in the end, you will not bring any of it.
In this passage we can see Jesus is discussing that loving money can indeed distract us in our walk. First, it should be clear to us that God never prohibited people in using money or other material things. We can’t even see in the Bible that God is saying that it is wrong to be rich.
However, making money can end up on the wrong side of the faith, and that is when we fail to check our attitude towards money.
The danger of serving it. The Bible talks a lot of things about money and having it as master. Perhaps God knows that our human nature easily falls prey on the love of money.
So when does money become our masters?
a. When one is not satisfied with having that much (Ecc.5:10)
b. When one long for it and wander from the faith because of it. (1 Tim.6:10)
c. When you are offended on God’s word about money (Luke 16:14) – Jesus was talking about the Parable of the Shrewd Manager and the Pharisees sneered at him and were offended of his teaching because they are lovers of money.
d. When one forsake the right way (2 Peter 2:15).
e. When one’s character is affected when it comes to money (Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 3:3)
The danger of worrying – How do you treat your needs? Is it wrong to work out on our needs? No it is not. But worrying on it gives us nothing but problems.
Worrying too much concerning our needs can result to:
a. Poor health
b. Poor interpersonal interaction
c. Poor decision making
Jesus offers a solution to avoid these dangers:
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.