Hidden

What is worth having? What is worth holding on to? What is worth building your life around? Is it the stuff that you can see? Or is it the stuff that is hidden?

What do I mean by the stuff that is hidden?

Listen to these parables that Jesus told this morning. Jesus would tell stories about great truth in ways that people would understand. Here is what he says in Matthew 13:44-46:

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Pearl-of-Great-PriceHe compares the kingdom of God to a hidden treasure that man sells all that he owns to buy. He compares it to a pearl that an expert saw, sold everything to go and buy.

What do we learn from this? The stuff that we seek may not be what we are chasing after. The things that we desperate want, that will fulfill us, they may not be what we think that they are.

They may not be big. They may not be visible. They may seem to be small and unimportant. They may be missed. They may be ordinary and common in our life.

But they are worth great riches. They are faith. They are family. They are true friends. They are things that can be easy to miss. Their worth can be hidden. But they are worth more to us than we can ever imagine.

The things that matter may not seem like great worldly riches. But they are priceless.

And we see that they sold all that they had to gain them.

Today, are you building your life around what matters and what is priceless? Or are you building your life around things that aren’t as important. They sold all they had to gain this great treasure.

The treasure of faith. . . family. . . friends. . . are these things shaping our lives?

Or are we focusing on that which isn’t as important?

Today, may we live our lives around that beautiful hidden treasure.

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Where is Your Treasure

What is the most important thing in your life?

Not what you would tell me is the most important thing in your life, or what you would tell someone else is the most important thing in your life.

But, what is the most important thing in your life today? What is actually first on your list today?

Listen to what Jesus says today in 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.

He says store up treasures in heaven, where it can’t be taken. Why? Because where your treasure is, there is your heart.

In other words, are they important things in life things that are eternal anda will last, or are they things that are fleeting and will pass away?

The stuff of heaven are thing that really matter and will ground our life in God’s life – faith. Family. Church. Relationships God. Service. Life.

The stuff of earth will pass away. These are things that seem so important now, but what do the matter in scope of eternity – money. Success. Popularity. Material possessions. Stuff.

The stuff of earth, it is fleeting. The stuff of heaven, it lasts forever, and is truly life-giving.

Today, where is your treasure. Where it is will show where your heart is.

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