Prayer Requests and Gratitudes

Friday, June 21, 2013

Where is Your Treasure?

~~~ 2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30 ~~~ Psalm 34 ~~~ Matthew 6:19-23 ~~~
' up treasures in heaven...
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.'
What do you truly treasure?
Is it your friends and family? Is it your faith in God?
Is it your material possessions? Is it your social status? Is it your acquired wealth?
Is it your reputation? Is it your health?
Perhaps your answer is a combination of all of the above.
Our heart leads us to live with passion.
You cannot treasure something without having space for it in your heart.
A treasure holds specific value.
Something treasured is protected from damage.
After a natural disaster we often see people carefully
 combing through the remains of their life.
They are compelled to salvage whatever they can...
What they find now becomes their treasure.
Many come to treasure life itself a little more...just having survived.
Jesus wants us to look beyond our earthly treasures.
They will all pass away.
The treasures that matter most are not visible with the naked eye.
The treasures that matter most have one thing in common;
love is always part of the equation.
Only those treasures inspired by love can be stored in heaven.
We can only withdraw from our treasure chest of love.
Whatever else we think we have stored up will not survive...
only love will remain.
Love is more precious than gold, silver, or jewels.  
  And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.
 I find this verse to be particularly disturbing.
If the only 'light' in your heart is darkness then you have no light.
If you have no light how then are you to see anything?
Physically our eyes need a light source to function properly.
Jesus is the light of the world without him we are truly 'in the dark'.
We are children of the light.
Treasure this light.
Let this light of Christ shine forth from your heart.
If you treasure his light it will be reflected out toward others.
If you have light in your heart it will seep out.
You cannot keep it contained. 
Blessings are in what you treasure within your heart.
Can you see them? 

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