On a Treasure Hunt
Last Sunday during the Children’s Sermon, I shared with the children the verse from Luke 18 verses 24 and 25. ”Jesus, seeing that he (the rich young ruler) had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” I told them that it doesn’t mean that if you are rich you cannot be a part of God’s kingdom. It does mean that we need to examine our hearts and see if there is anything in our hearts that we love more than Jesus.
I’ve been pondering that a lot this past week. With cutting back on some personal things during the Lenten season to intentionally focus on my relationship with Jesus, I’ve had extra time to do some heart evaluation on this topic. On Tuesday, during staff meeting we read Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Different treasures battle for my heart every day. There is a war raging for the throne of my heart. Most days I treasure my own selfish desires more than treasuring Christ. I’m in desperate daily need of the Holy Spirit to continually redirect my heart toward Christ. I want Him to be my ultimate treasure more and more on a daily basis.
I know that I’m not alone in this. The treasures competing for our hearts may not look the same, but the battle is real. Will you pray for me as I pray for you? Pray that we, as the family of Christ at Living Hope, would increasingly treasure Christ above all that this world holds.
Seeking Treasure with you,
Philippians 1:9-11 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”