Treasures In Heaven

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Where Is Your Heart?

(“I should have made that phone call”)
 
 
Did you offer to release something for the Lenten season this year?  Do you remember what it was? 
 Was it a cherished possession
 you have always dreamed of owning 
and handing down to your children?
 Perhaps it was a particular item you needed 
in order to complete a collection.
Was it an object you’ve desired to own for years?
Could it have been an item
in which you’d lost interest?

In the Gospel of Mark, a man comes running to Jesus,
 kneels down before Him and asks, 
“What must I do to get to heaven?” Jesus answers, “You know the commandments, don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, always respect your Father and your Mother.”
The man replies, “Teacher, I’ve never broken a single one of those laws.”
 
 
Scripture tells us that Jesus felt genuine love for this man and said to him, 
“You only lack one thing, go and sell all that you have and give the money to the poor,
 and you shall have treasure in heaven.”
 



 A difficult thing was required of the man. 

 

A difficult thing is also required of you and me.
 
 
So then what is required?
Would we give up our homes 
in order for a poor family to have a place to live?
Would we give up our annual vacation
 in order to give our employer 
the opportunity to give
 our vacation pay
  to a person who has no employment?
Would we give up our civil rights 
to someone who has none,
 such as an illegal immigrant?
 
Jesus told his disciples
“It is easier, easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 
than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
 The disciple, in turn, exclaimed, 
“Then who can enter and be saved if a rich man cannot?” 
Who is a rich man? What makes him rich?
 
 
Jesus suggests that the things we treasure most 
are the things that make us rich. 
Those things are our homes,
 our parents, our brothers and sisters,
 our children and our property.
 
Are we willing to give up those things 
for the privilege of entering heaven?
 
 
Jesus tells us we will be rewarded one hundred times over 
with the same things we willingly gave away.
 We do this for the love of God
 and for the privilege 
of being able to share with others
 the Good News of the Gospel.
 
In addition to receiving such abundant rewards,
 we will also receive persecutions.
In spite of them, in the world to come
 we shall have eternal life.
 
The Christian walk has many twists and turns.
What things then, are to be desired?
 
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, as a burnt offering.
 Abraham was willing to obey.
 In Genesis 22 the angel of the Lord told Abraham
 to stop and not hurt the boy.
 “For I know that God is first in your life.
 You have not even withheld your beloved son …..”
 
Is God first in my life? 
Is He first in yours?
Will God wait for us 
as we take these faltering steps 
to become closer to Him?
How many times will God forgive us
 when we don’t quite measure up?
 
 
I should have made that phone call.
You should have stopped to visit that person.
Why didn’t I send that card?

Why did you refuse 
when you were asked to serve
on a committee at church?

 

You said, “Ask someone else”.
 Someone else was asked
 and someone served God 
in the place that had been offered to you.
Do you sometimes wonder 
if that person will take your place
at the gates of heaven?
 
Years ago I had a small hobby business, 
photographing objects of nature 
and creating note cards and greeting cards 
and pictures for framing.
 
I love to take pictures.


 
 Willing subjects are everywhere.
…. sunsets, rivers, trees and birds.
 


 Old barns tell a story of their own. 
Wonderful treasures are all around us
everywhere we look
every day of our lives.
 
In searching for a name for my business, 
the name  “Treasures” came to mind. 
From Scripture, 
a line in the Gospel of Matthew seemed appropriate.
 “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
” Matthew 6:21″
 
 

Where is your treasure?

 

 Did you know that your heart is there also?


 Your heart is the very thing that gives you life.
Is your heart and treasure with Jesus?
 
 
 
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