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Where your treasure is

earthly treasure

earthly treasure

Welcome to Church today!

Our gospel reading reminds us that we shouldn’t be worrying about earthly things like what we eat, or wear, or about our bodies and how well they’re ageing. In fact we shouldn’t worry even about our life!

How can Jesus make such and outrageous statement?

I believe that Jesus is making such a strong statement by way of comparison. It’s not that these things are intrinsically evil. Jesus aim is to highlight the very much greater worth of striving for the Kingdom of God! If we seek his kingdom first, he looks after us with these things and what we really do need in this life.

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

heart

heart

It’s a matter of priorities! What do we treasure? Is it “earthly things” that are getting in the way of our striving for the Kingdom? Or do we treasure what God treasures:- people who will trust him for eternal life?

Where do we put our energies, our time and effort, our gifts and abilities, and yes even some of our money? If push came to shove, would we be prepared to give up ALL of our possessions, and perhaps even our life if meant holding fast to our faith in God? In parts of the world today, this is precisely what Christians are called upon to do!

Humans are incredibly valuable to God, so much so that Jesus died for us to be saved! May we value people similarly! And strive for the Kingdom of heaven, for us, and others also!

Hear the Bible Talk here.

NRS Hebrews 11:1-16

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. …8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old– and Sarah herself was barren– because he considered him faithful who had promised.12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” 13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them. 

NRS Luke 12:22-34   

22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you– you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.