Reflections at our Christmas Eve service given by Jeff Cottone, Mike Kearney, and Troy Hostetter.
Jesus teaches that worry is unproductive, unnecessary, & unworthy; and that freedom from worry comes from seeking the right treasure and trusting the right Person.
We all seek after some kind of treasure in life. Jesus contrasts seeking 2 different treasures, living with 2 different perspectives, and serving 2 different masters. Which treasure do you seek: that which is unstable & insecure, or that which is eternally secure?
Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray in 3 parts: Orientation of our hearts to know God as father; Devotion to God’s name, reign, and will; and Dependence upon God for all of our physical, spiritual, and moral needs.
Here Jesus describes religious hypocrisy: people whose displays of righteousness are nothing more than putting on a show for others to see – like an actor on stage. He warns against this, and teaches that who you are really & truly before God is who you are when no one is watching.