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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Where is your treasure?

 We all have treasures -- whether we realize it or not. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, treasure is: something valuable(jewels, gold, gems etc)  that is hidden or kept in a secret place; something that is very important, special; a person that is valued greatly or loved especially for being very helpful; keep careful a precious or extremely valuable items. Treasures also have another property -- to occupy your heart. In fact they occupy our hearts so much that we carefully chose their place. And when something happens to the treasures, we get distressed.

Jesus reminds us of their vulnerability. Earthly treasures can be destroyed or stolen. People let us down. But treasures in heaven will remain unchanged forever! And where the treasure is, the heart will be there.  If our heart is not at the right place, we are not able to serve God the way we are able to. Jesus also tells us that we cannot serve two masters and Earthly treasures can become our masters. When we store our treasures on Earth, we put our trust in things of this world. In Ecclesiastes author describes the vanity of futile labor.

Selfish toil will never satisfy. At the end all that is under the sun will come to past.
How do we store our treasures up in heaven? Fist, we have to trust God in all our ways. Second, we have to allow God to work in us and our lives. Let the Holy Spirit mold us. In some cases God will take us through the valleys, wasteland, deep waters and other challenges. Adie Camp has a song that describes our trust in God.

Heavenly treasures not only provide us with everlasting rewards but also allow us to grow in faith; as well as get closer to God.  Unfortunately, our heavenly treasures are littered with hay and stubble. Not very single good did that we do here on Earth will get rewarded because the Lord looks at our hearts. I firmly believe that when we'll get to heaven, we'll receive more  rewards for things that we consider extremely important and of a great scale. Jesus said that the poor widow who gave all that she had gave more than rich people who gave more money. We need to obey God not just simply when people are watching us but also when we are alone.

Nobody is perfect. We all have hard times trusting God  in one aspect or the other.  This lac of trust can have drastic effect on us. Recently I've made a decision to go back to school in winter 2015. There are dangerous thought lurking in my head. But I know that God is with me. He'll carry me through. At the meantime, I need to read Bible and keep my armor of God at all times Ephesians 5.

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
The Word of God is in a jewelry box -- the main treasure

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