Christianity 201

June 24, 2013

Treasure and Trust

Today’s post is a double-header from a new devotional blog at Faith Bloggers, Scripture4You. The author writes under the name Faith Twins.  The title of the two posts below is also a link to read at source, which is strongly encouraged, as is looking up the complete scripture references.

Where is Your Treasure?

~~~ 2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30 ~~~ Psalm 34 ~~~ Matthew 6:19-23 ~~~
‘…store up treasures in heaven…
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.’
What do you truly treasure?
Is it your friends and family? Is it your faith in God?
Is it your material possessions? Is it your social status? Is it your acquired wealth?
Is it your reputation? Is it your health?
Perhaps your answer is a combination of all of the above.
Our heart leads us to live with passion.
You cannot treasure something without having space for it in your heart.
A treasure holds specific value.
Something treasured is protected from damage.
After a natural disaster we often see people carefully
 combing through the remains of their life.
They are compelled to salvage whatever they can…
What they find now becomes their treasure.
Many come to treasure life itself a little more…just having survived.
Jesus wants us to look beyond our earthly treasures.
They will all pass away.
The treasures that matter most are not visible with the naked eye.
The treasures that matter most have one thing in common;
love is always part of the equation.
Only those treasures inspired by love can be stored in heaven.
We can only withdraw from our treasure chest of love.
Whatever else we think we have stored up will not survive…
only love will remain.
Love is more precious than gold, silver, or jewels.  
  And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.
 I find this verse to be particularly disturbing.
If the only ‘light’ in your heart is darkness then you have no light.
If you have no light how then are you to see anything?
Physically our eyes need a light source to function properly.
Jesus is the light of the world without him we are truly ‘in the dark’.
We are children of the light.
Treasure this light.
Let this light of Christ shine forth from your heart.
If you treasure his light it will be reflected out toward others.
If you have light in your heart it will seep out.
You cannot keep it contained. 
Blessings are in what you treasure within your heart.
Can you see them?

Worry Versus Trust

~~~ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 ~~~ Psalm 34 ~~~ Matthew 6:24-34 ~~~
…do not worry about your life…
…Are not you more important…
….will he not much more provide for you…
…So do not worry…
…Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself…
No matter how many times in the same passage
we hear about having faith and trust,
we still worry.
Worry robs you of the present moment in time.
When we worry we are in effect saying we do not believe
God will take care of us or our loved ones.
We do see how all of nature is provided for by God,
but we see our state as different.
We pretend to take all the credit for our well being.
The truth is we only work in concert with God.

Ask God to remove the plague of worry from your life.
Instead entrust your would be worries to God.
He is always there listening. 
I recently received this in an email.
It has a beautiful message about embracing the present…
living in the present.
I was regretting the past
and fearing the future
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
My name is I AM.
When you live in the past,
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I Was.
When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I Will Be.
When you live in this moment,
it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM.
(Helen Mallicoat)
Does your worrying remove any of your fears?
I admit I am guilty at times of worrying about things that never come to pass.
Being prepared for the unforeseen event is not the same
as worrying about what could happen.
The time we spend worrying will never make a difference in the future.
The real blessings lie in trusting in the present.