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Where Is Our Treasure?

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

112015 Ray McDonaldChristmas is coming – just in case you haven’t been to any of the retail stores of late. I went today (Monday) to pick up a watch of mine I had repaired.  The Mall was not crowded – but of course it was Cyber Monday.

Some stores had Christmas stuff up during the summer months – some had Christmas stuff up before Thanksgiving – all by now!  We are singing Advent songs and even some Christmas songs in worship (I know – liturgically they are not supposed to be sung yet – but – I love them so – as do our folks).

So what is on your list for Christmas?  Would you like an iPad Pro – even if you have a working iPad?  How about the latest video game?  We use to get loads of clothes for Christmas – at times we got them early so we could wear them before Christmas – like a winter coat if it got cold early.  I remember marking things in the Sears Christmas catalog for my parents when it came out.

If we were in Sunday School or at a beauty pageant – we might say our wish is for everyone to receive Jesus or peace on earth.  Thinking on a more spiritual level – what is it you would wish for this Christmas – if you could wish and it would come true?  I mean – what do we treasure the most?  The passage this morning says – where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.  So – what do we treasure?

I bet our spouse – our children – our closest friends know what we treasure.  It is usually where we spend the most time – or where we would spend time if we had spare time to spend.  Our checkbooks know what we treasure as well.  I mean – we might spend thousands even tens of thousands or more on our hobbies – but have a hard time giving 10% of our income to the church or to others in need.  I’ve said it numerous times before – many of us live in the world of wants rather than the world of needs – and we need to reach out more to help those in need.  We have a vehicle – but want a newer or better one.  We have a home – but want a bigger or better one.  We have clothes and shoes – but we want more!  Our wants far exceed our needs for sure.  Do you agree?

As people who believe in heaven and hell – why are some of us more likely to spend $1,500 on a new set of golf clubs rather than give it to the church to reach the lost?  Why would some of us spend $15,000 or more on a hobby each year but have a hard time giving a tithe to God’s work?  Why do some of us spend more money on our pets – giving them the best food – the best shelters – the best medical care – than we send to organizations that are feeding and giving medical care to people in third world countries?

Luke 12:34 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 1, 2015 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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