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What Do We Treasure the Most?

Matthew 6:20

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Ray 2019It is getting cold outside. My wood furnace has been fired up a few times this fall already. I have wood stocked up and I’m ready. My wood furnace heats my whole house. I will fire it up again in the morning!

I had a funeral yesterday – and standing outside in the cemetery – people were shivering. I had to get out my heavy overcoat when I saw the temps for the day. My overcoat kept me warm – while others were shivering. I felt bad for them – but – they could have come prepared too. I didn’t keep them out there for long. Some didn’t even have jackets on – it was tough.

Speaking of getting the heavy jackets out – have you ever put on a coat or other piece of clothing that you haven’t worn for some time – only to be surprised what you find in the pockets? I have found money – lifesavers – mints – and other items I was missing – or thought was long gone. Finding money is a great surprise – right?

Don’t you just love when people – searching for something – say things like – it was in the last place I looked. Of course it was – if you kept looking after you found it- we’d have you carted off.

Are you at all like me? When I lose something – I have a hard time resting until I find it. If I get to bed with something on my mind – I usually wake up a couple of times with ideas where I could look. I was looking for my bolt cutters the other day and looked near where I eventually found them – several times – only to finally decide – they just have to be there – and looked a little harder – and found them.

Have you ever hidden something so well – you couldn’t even find it later? I’ve done that a time or two. Where do you put your treasures? We have a fireproof box for important papers. I have a strong box for other items. But – what about our hearts? Do we store things in our heart? Jesus tells us the following about our treasures and our heart. Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What do we really love? I mentioned Sunday – If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find excuses. In today’s passage we hear Jesus telling us to store up our treasures in heaven. Here it is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 6:19–24 – 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

What do we treasure? What is so significant for us? Will we work extra hours to get something we treasure? Will we go without more money because we treasure time with our family? What would it look like to share what we treasure? For some things – we might not want to share. We can be very selfish at times. Am I right? But – what about our relationship with Jesus? We’re told to share Jesus with others.

Passages like The Great Commission tell us to share our faith. Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Peter says it this way. 1 Peter 3:15–16 – 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Paul puts it this way. 2 Timothy 1:7–8 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

Jesus – speaking to His disciples – even to us – encouraging them to witness about Him throughout the world – fearing nothing – said this to us. Matthew 10:32–33 – 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

So – who have you invited to worship with you this Sunday? Who have you been praying for this week – concerning their salvation? Who have you told about your faith this week? I do not think this is asking much from those whom Jesus died on the cross to redeem?

What do we treasure the most? Is it the Ravens winning? We seem to tell everyone we meet (I even brought it up at the funeral yesterday). Is it a fabulous vacation we have planned? We will tell most anyone who will listen. Is it the promotion at work – that new car – that new home – that Christmas present we received or gave? We’ll let everyone know. What about how Jesus has changed our lives? What about the fact that He died to save us from our sin and eternity in hell? What do we treasure the most? Let’s share our faith with others!!

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

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