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So – What Do You Treasure?

Luke 12:34

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

Life ChangeAdvent is here and Christmas is coming – just in case you haven’t been to any of the retail stores of late. I went today (Wednesday) to drop off a computer to have a new hard drive put in – rather than buy a new one. I know the speed of the new hard drive will make me think I have a new computer (it worked on my laptop). I wasn’t at the Mall – yet where I went – I found a crowd. I know the Mall is crowded too – and I will stay away as much as I can. I purchase most of my stuff online these days (who would have thought this nearly 64 year old would take to the Internet so well?).

Some stores had Christmas stuff up during the summer months (really – I saw it) – some had Christmas stuff up before Thanksgiving – all have Christmas stuff now! We are singing Advent songs and even some Christmas songs in worship this Sunday (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 the latest new iPhone or the all new iPad Pro? Is there some piece of clothing you’re hoping for this year? 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. I guess I’m dating myself with that remark.

If we were in Sunday School or at a beauty pageant – we might say our wish for Christmas is for everyone to receive Jesus or for peace on earth. Thinking on a more spiritual level – what is it we would wish for this Christmas – if we 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 really treasure?

I bet our spouse – or our children – or 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 or credit card statements 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 real 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? If not – why not?

As people who believe in heaven and hell – why are some of us more likely to spend $1,500 to $3,000 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? Just think about it some.

Luke 12:34 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What is it that we really treasure? Where is our heart this Christmas season? Where should it be?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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