God’s Masterpiece: God’s Treasure Chest
How are you doing today? Have you been enjoying the nice Fall-like weather God has graced us with? Speaking of Fall, are any of you ready for Fall? Pretty soon, we will be eating pumpkin flavored muffins, picking apples, smelling pumpkin pie, watching the leaves change color, creating large piles of leaves and jumping into them, wearing sweatshirts outside, and picking out our Halloween Costumes. Fall is just around the corner. As a matter of fact, Fall is moving in and Summer is moving out! I don’t know if I am ready for Fall, but a nice mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top certainly sounds really good right now…. So are you ready for Fall?
Today, we continue our adventure by looking at another piece of art. This piece of art is made from an aluminum tin and is covered with brown felt. Inside of it are little pieces of “gold.” That’s right! We are looking at a homemade treasure chest, and asking ourselves what a treasure chest teaches us about Jesus. So let’s begin…
Do you collect anything? What do you collect? My grandfather used to collect the quarters of the 50 states. Growing up, I collected Hotwheels, St. Louis Cardinal stuff, and Legos. (At one point, I think I even collected rocks!) Some collections are very valuable, like rare coins or stamps, or paintings by famous artists. Some collections, like family photographs or seashells, may not be valuable in terms of money but are special to just you because of the memories they hold.
Jesus warned his followers about collecting treasures on earth because treasures on earth can break, get stolen, wear out, or be destroyed. Jesus told his disciples, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rut consume and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). If someone were to break into my house, they might find a collection of books and percussion things. A water leak in your house could ruin your collections of stuffed animals or trading cards. Do you understand why Jesus warned his followers not to concentrate on stuff on earth? Treasures on earth can’t last forever.
Jesus encouraged his followers to store up treasures in heaven, where they won’t break, get stolen, wear out, or be destroyed. What are some ways you can store up treasures in heaven?
- Obeying God
- Helping others
- Giving money to God
- Sharing Jesus with our friends
- Spending time at church worshipping, learning, working, and serving
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What Jesus was saying is that if you concentrate on collecting treasures in heaven by doing the things we talked about, your heart will be in heaven also. Is “in heaven” a good place to have your heart? I think so too. Think about what you want to put in your treasure chest: what are somethings–or pieces of gold–that can help you get closer to Jesus?
Let us Pray: Dear God, We want our hearts to be in heaven with You. Help us to concentrate on storing up treasures in heaven by obeying You, helping others, sharing Jesus with our friends, and spending time at church worshipping, learning, working, and serving. Amen.
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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