There is one of those ice-breaker questions that asks what you would rescue from your house if it was on fire. The idea being to show what is important to you.
My answer is always my car keys. Not because I love my car, but I figure that if I have my car I have shelter and warmth.
Treasures in Heaven
32 My little group of disciples, don’t be afraid! Your Father wants to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give the money to the poor. Make yourselves moneybags that never wear out. Make sure your treasure is safe in heaven, where thieves cannot steal it and moths cannot destroy it. 34 Your heart will always be where your treasure is.
Faithful and Unfaithful Servants
35 Be ready and keep your lamps burning 36 just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as he comes and knocks, they open the door for him. 37 Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when he comes! I promise you that he will get ready and have his servants sit down so he can serve them. 38 Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though he comes late at night or early in the morning. 39 You would surely not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief was coming. 40 So always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come.
For those who think God is a grumpy old man, down on all humans, the perhaps startling thing about this passage is the opening part – God wants to give us the kingdom. It’s not something he is grudgingly holding on to, keeping to himself, unwilling to let us in – he wants us to share in it.
The way to access it, is to make sure we aren’t holding tightly on to other things. Like the Rich Fool last week, it is making sure your security is in the right place. Not in assets, but in heaven. Why? Because what we treasure will always lead out hearts and lives.
So, do we treasure “things”, or God? Are we busy polishing our treasure, or looking for his works and his ways?
What God offers to us is amazing – way more than anything money can buy or possessions can bring. Nothing we can own offers us more.
What will I treasure most? What will I seek to store?
help me to appreciate
which things are truly of value
Where to put my time and focus,
what I treasure,
the things I long for.
Lord I want to look for you,
to seek your ways,
to know your treasures.
Thank you that you want to share them with me