After writing the piece on perspective a couple of weeks ago, I had a few other thoughts. This is the second of three posts (the third will be posted in a couple of weeks).
My parents have been busy the last few weeks sorting, cleaning and pricing items they have collected over the years. They have opened a booth in a local antique mall. Now all of there stuff is “good stuff” but it got me to thinking about the saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about what I consider “treasure” in my life. Both Matthew and Luke record Jesus’ words about storing up treasure in heaven and not on earth. They also tell the story of the rich young man who was told to sell everything he had to have a treasure in heaven. Luke also tells us of Mary treasuring and pondering things in her heart.
As I believer and follower of Jesus, I consider him and the things of heaven as treasures but more and more the world does not see what I see. I read about and pray for an unreached people group each morning and the reoccuring challenge is that these unreached peoples have a different world-view: they don’t see the same things as important or treasures as followers of Jesus do (and sometimes I’m sad to say for very valid reasons).
I was challenged yesterday by some words from a friend, Bill Finesilver, as he shared at a men’s prayer group. He said that we don’t see the miracles and supernatural acts of the early church because we don’t live like Jesus is coming back soon. We aren’t sold out. We are tied to much to what we have here and now. I think Jesus would say that we’ve stored up too much treasure here on earth.
My prayer for all of us today is that we search our hearts for what really is our treasure and live like we truly believe that.
Father, help us search our hearts. Help us to see that what may be treasures today may be junk tomorrow. Give us an eternal perspective. Help us to live as if we truly to believe in Your Son and that our treasure is in heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.