Treasure

June 18 – What Do You Treasure?

3:168 – What Do You Treasure?

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Setting

There has been a lot in the news about our heritage. Statues being removed, brands that we know changing, upheaval about change. The key has been “they are taking away my heritage” or “this is what I treasure”. Then the quick response is you are being racist or you just don’t get it. 

While I try not to be too political on #faithbites, the question of what we treasure is a valid one. Is it our homes, our family, our nationality, our religion, what? Then why is it a treasure? We need to dig deep and really see why we are so attached to some of these things and which ones really matter.

Scripture
  • Matthew 6:19-21 – Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Reflection

What is important? Is it the name of the rice we eat or the syrup we put on our pancakes? Is it a specific statue that reminds us of who we are? All of these things will be torn down and turn to dust over time. 

Jesus will never rust, will never change, and will always be there. This is what matters. Having our faith in him will transcend the world around us. 

Yes, our heritage is important. We need to remember it in a way that is open, honest (even if it is painful), and helpful for moving forward. 

Challenge

Think about what you treasure. Is it a person, place, or thing? It is something beyond that. If you find yourself upset about a physical thing, why are you tied to it? Think about it and share it with others. 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you are the greatest treasure we could have. Let us put our faith in you above all things on earth. It’s not easy to detach ourselves from history or from our physical things. Be with us and help us to make that transition. Help us to also be open and understanding when some are against the changes and tied to the physical. We grow together and in you, daily. In your name, Amen.

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