Second to last week in our One Month to Live series, and we talked about having an eternal focus!  Often in our culture, we’re told to be a doctor for the money, big house, nice cars, and social status.  We want to have the North Faces and the nice jeans so people know we’re important!  At ECHO, we asked the big question of, “Can we be a doctor, can we have a North Face, can we do any of that and still follow Christ?”  The conclusion?  Of course.  It’s about your priorities and your perspective. We have to shift our focus from the internal to the eternal.

Here was our main text:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

Here are the three things we discussed, a key thought, and some passages we used to go along with it!


  • Materialism defined as a preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
  • Luke 12:16-21
  • “You can’t take it with you”


  • A shift in priorities, reversing materialism.
  • Matthew 13:44
  • You can’t both EMBRACE materialism and RELEASE your grasp on the stuff of your life.
  • Want to be a doctor?  Great.  What if you were told you’d only get paid 60% of what a school teacher was paid?  Would your response remain, “I believe this is what I’m gifted at, it’s what I’m passionate about, and it’s what God’s called me to”? or would you respond, “…maybe it’s not for me after all.”


  • It’s about how we set our priorities.
  • Philippians 3:4-8
  • You can focus on “churchy” stuff, and still be wrong.
  • 1 John 2:17

Final thought: Our life isn’t about what we have, but about Who has us. 

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