Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

John Piper and Brian Tabb | August 7, 2015

Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from a new curriculum  by John Piper and Brian J. Tabb based on Piper’s book What Jesus Demands from the World. The curriculum is co-published by TGC and LifeWay. 

“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” (Matt. 6:19–21).

Think about your toys as a child. You doubtless spent hours playing with those toy cars, dolls, stuffed animals, or video games that are probably now either stored in a box in the attic or discarded in a landfill. Think about your family’s first computer. As useful and enjoyable as it was, the technology has now become obsolete, forcing you to replace it with a newer model that doesn’t require floppy disks or DOS commands. Today’s top smartphone will be cast off in three years. Your new car will rust and eventually break down. The birthday present your children ask for will likely be neglected or forgotten a

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