Written by Clinton Wahlen
Matthew 6, in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, contains some of Jesus’ most practical teachings. It begins by focusing on true worship, which is deeply personal, and it includes instruction on giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting (Matt 6:1–18). This leads directly into a consideration of one’s attitude toward God and His kingdom (Matt 6:19–34). As we think about Jesus’ teachings here, it would be helpful to ask some probing questions of our own religious experience: Where is our treasure? Who has our heart? Do we really trust God as a loving Father to provide our needs because He already knows them? What has first place in our life in terms of our mind, body, energy, and time?