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April 21 | Luke 12:13-26


 

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Treasure that Lasts

by Elaine Pierce


My six-year-old granddaughter, Zoe Rose, has a special little treasure chest where she stores her favorite possessions. I've seen sparkly "gems," special Lego pieces, and a couple of colorful barrettes carefully stored in this little box. She is protective of these trinkets, and even though to the adult eye they seem frivolous, it's clear that Zoe values them. Of course she will outgrow this "treasure box" phase, but for now she is serious about its value and importance.


What about you? What about me? What's in our "treasure box"? Jesus tells us very clearly in verse 34 that "For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be." You might be thinking, oh for heaven's sake, I don't have a treasure box. I left that childish sort of thing a long time ago. And that's my first response, too. But if I'm honest, I will admit that my treasure often isn't found in seeking first God's kingdom. My treasure might be found in my retirement account. It might be found in my home or it even might be in my family's happiness and financial security. I take care of assuring that I have enough money, then I give the leftover to God. I take what I think I need, and he gets the rest.


How can we change our perspective and our priorities to reflect God's will and desire for us? Jesus tells his disciples not to worry about how their food and clothing, these needs will be met. He tells them to 'seek his Kingdom, and these things [food and clothing] will be given to you as well." (v. 31)


This teaching is challenging and certainly does not reflect our western culture of hard work, success, and doing it on our own - achieving the American dream of a house in the suburbs, two nice cars, well-behaved kids - you get the picture. We all know that we're created for more than that, and as we sit at Jesus' feet seeking his kingdom, he will give us so much more. Treasure that we won't outgrow. Riches that will be eternal and overflowing. A joyful heart, a life that is wealth beyond all material riches. That's what I want, and that's what only Jesus can give us. Thanks be to God for this gift!


PRAYER

Lord, you know that I long to achieve freedom from financial worry, and you assure me you will provide what I need. Help me today and each day to seek first your kingdom, and to trust that you will take care of me. Thank you for the many gifts of peace, joy and love that you offer all who trust and believe and follow you. Amen.






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