Where Your Treasure Is (Lent 16-2019)

Jesus loved watching His disciples think.  That’s partly why He chose them.  They’d think, they’d seek, and they’d overcome anything by faith in Him!  He deeply wanted them to know that life isn’t found in things of this earth.  Life is found in the One from heaven!

Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

None of them were rich by the standards of the day, but they were rich beyond imagining in their relationship with Him.  They didn’t truly know it, but they were.  That’s why they needed to know it was okay to value Him more than what a ministry income or fishing income would provide.  They needed to follow His example, and to serve, to wait, and to work because that’s how they’d find life worth living. 

Jesus explained, 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

They’d always be ready if they devoted themselves to watching, working, and waiting for Him! 

Think about it: 

  • Are you ready?  If yes, what are you doing to stay ready?  If not, what are you waiting for? 
  • Are there other things you’re seeking? 
  • What do you treasure?

Dear Lord, please be with us in our struggles so that we might learn what to treasure.  Let us resonate with the psalmist who said, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.  May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.  May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.” (Ps. 119:71-77)  May we treasure Your Word.  Amen.

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Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on March 23, 2019

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