Exactly what you wanted

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.(…) Matthew 13.44

Have you ever been shopping and come across an item that was exactly what you wanted, perhaps even needed? However, at the time, you did not have the money that you needed to buy it. So you stuck the item at the back of the shelf hoping that it would be there when you returned.

How exciting is it to come upon a treasure! You are working in the field and suddenly you discover something of great value. You look around and hide it once more. You are so glad to have found the treasure that you must purchase the field! What do you do? You sell all that you have to buy the field!

Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to such a treasure. The church is the kingdom here on earth. The church is a treasure that is worth all that we have to possess it. Do you consider the church to be a treasure? Do you have this treasure in your life?

#risingjoy #Matthew #treasure

Never richer

“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away’” Luke 19:26.

Other than a “wee little man” many may not know who Zacchaeus was. As a tax collector, Zacchaeus, in the normal practice of his profession, was a state-sanctioned thief who stole more money from his fellow Jews than Rome said he needed to collect. He was despised, yes, but he was a part of the 1%. A Have—in a sea of Have-Nots. Yet, he repented and was willing to give up his ill-gained worldly wealth for eternal riches. This prompts Jesus to tell the parable of the Ten Minas that ends with the one who had the most wealth and who invested it to present his master with an increase to be given the mina of the servant who had buried his. How unfair that seems from a worldly perspective, yet how often God turns our logic upside-down. To be strong, we must become weak. To gain our life, we must lose it. Rather than fighting our own battles, we must cease striving and know that He is God. In Jesus’ view, Zacchaeus was never richer than when he gave it all away.

Where is your treasure stored?

Douglas Kashorek


#devotional #treasure #Luke

Buried Treasure

A piece of glass, an interesting rock, or maybe even a simple can discarded by a construction worker who built a house … to a young child, anything dug out of the ground is buried treasure!

But from time-to-time stories appear in the news about real buried treasure. And for many of us, such stories recall a time in our life when an “X” on a simple piece of paper created excitement in our heart.

Did you know Jesus told a story about buried treasure? He said,

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44 NKJV)

When it comes to the value of God’s kingdom, some people do not reap the reward simply because they are not willing to dig a little deeper into what they already have within their grasp. In fact they end up selling it for something of lesser value (Hebrews 11:6; Hebrews 12:15-17). But others rejoice over the treasure they find in the gospel and they are willing to pay the price for the investment that is worth more than everything they own (Matthew 19:29).

What are we looking to find when we set out looking for buried treasure? And what are we willing to do when we find it?

Where is the “X” of our heart located? Jesus wants to know.

but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV)

#kingdom-of-god, #parable, #treasure


(#22) Studies in the Book of Proverbs Eight Reasons Why Listen To Reason: #4: 8:12-21

#4 Verses 12-21: She Speaks Prudently

Verses 12-14: One who accepts God’s Wisdom, will also receive “prudence” (critical thinking), “knowledge” (factual insight), and “discretion” (ability to use, good judgment). One basic judgment underlies all: reverence for God means rejection of “evil” illustrated by “pride” (opposite of humility, Proverbs 29:23), “arrogance” (inflated opinion of personal power), “evil way” (determination to do wrong), and “perverse mouth” (advocating what is in their heart). No one can love God and love evil. Jesus said: “”No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).  Paul taught: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). God offers “counsel” (good advice), “sound wisdom” (good thinking), “understanding” (awareness of choices), “strength” (ability to stand with decisions).

Verses 15-16: Since all authority is with God, then every human government should recognize God’s Wisdom, for with it all layers of government would work: kings, rulers, princes, nobles, and judges. Jesus Christ reminded even the Roman Governor that he “would have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11).

Verses 17-21: To love Wisdom is to be loved by Wisdom (John 14:21), and diligent searchers “will find me.” Jesus Christ said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). The value Wisdom brings to a person’s life is not just “riches and honor,” but riches that last because of “righteousness.” Earth’s “gold” and “silver” cannot mean more than Wisdom’s “fruit” (benefits) and “revenue” (worth). Wisdom leads only in what is “right” and “just” which brings “wealth” and “treasures.”  This is illustrated in Daniel’s life, for after he had taken his stand on his faith and used his miraculous gift to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he prospered. “Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. The king answered Daniel, and said, ‘Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.’ Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon” (Daniel 2:46-48). No empire, kingdom, country, or territory lasts long and prospers well that rejects God’s Wisdom!

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #discretion, #evil, #knowledge, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #riches, #treasure, #understanding, #wisdom

Seoul South Korean day laborer Ahn was hired…

Seoul, South Korean day-laborer, Ahn, was hired to dig up an apricot tree and move it from a garlic field. When he did, he found a plastic box, which he discarded as trash. He didn’t know that it contained $270 thousand in cash. Moreover, he didn’t know that it was only one of 27, which contained all in all $10 million. Jesus once described the kingdom of heaven as like a treasure discovered in a field. The treasure hunter sold all he had and bought the field and thus was filled with joy for he owned the treasure. Things didn’t turn out so well for Ahn. The police arrested the gangsters and owner of the field and the money was turned over to the government. Ahn was cleared of any criminal activity, but ended up with nothing to show for his effort. When it comes to finding treasure, believe I’ll stick to the kingdom of heaven. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #kingdom-of-heaven, #treasure

Laying up treasure

It is impossible to consider a history of the Americas apart from treasure.

When Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, he was looking for two things: he sought a shorter route to India, and he was looking for treasure.

The conquistadors brought religion to the land of the Aztecs and Incas, but they were principally looking for gold to take back to Spain to fund that country’s navy. In addition to the Spanish language, they brought European diseases, such as smallpox, that wiped out both native cultures.

Men have sought and laid up treasures for as long as there have been human beings, only to find their lives gone and death at the door. Columbus died May 20, 1506 still believing he had found a shorter route to India. One of the conquistadors, Francisco Pizzarro, was assassinated.

Jesus talked about treasure, too, but it was the kind of treasure that could not be stolen and one which could not be destroyed by time and decay. The Lord encouraged us to use a different banking system that of the world.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,” (Matthew 6:19). He knew that many people stored things on earth they will never use, things that will never benefit them or anyone else. When talking about the rich fool who built more storehouses to hold his treasures, Jesus said, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”(Luke 12:20).

People sometimes say, “If I can’t take it with me, I’m not going.” Of course, they’re wrong about that. They will, indeed, go, and they won’t be taking anything with them. The idea of a hearse towing a trailer is so absurd it’s laughable, but isn’t that the way many think? Isn’t that how they live?

Oh, how much happier we’d be in this life and in eternity if we heeded the words of Jesus, who said, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” (Matthew 6:20).

Where is your treasure? What are you storing up and when do you think it will make you prosper? Nothing on this earth can help provide one bit of assurance in eternity, except the Lord Jesus and his body, the church. As the hymn says, “Live for Jesus, oh, my brother; his disciple ever be. Render not to any other what alone the Lord’s should be.”

#heaven, #jesus, #treasure

Laying up treasure – JAM

Chef Albert Grabham of the New House Hotel in Wales was concerned that the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve earnings would attract the attention of thieves. So he came up with a clever solution. He hid the cash in the oven. However, it didn’t turn out so well. The next day, absent-mindedly he fired up the same oven to prepare New Year’s Day lunch and burned up the profit. Now you may ask how could anyone be so stupid. But the fact is we all do foolish things and forget salient facts. One of the most important and obvious is the fact that we live until we die and then what? Are you ready for what’s next? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #profit, #treasure

Treasures in heaven – JAM

Susan Maginn’s grandmother lived through the depression and knew what it meant to do without. Perhaps that contributed to her obsession. She was a hoarder. She saved everything, whether it was useful or not, just in case someone might need it. Moreover she was organized. Things were boxed and labeled. When the family emptied out the basement. They found one box full of little strings. The box was neatly labeled: “Strings too short to use.” I can make allowance for those who endured the Great Depression, but to the rest of us, hear the words of Jesus: “lay not up treasures for yourselves on earth, but lay your treasures up in heaven.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #saving, #treasure

My Best Picture?

The best picture of me is the one not taken. 🙂 I’m afraid the Lord didn’t bless me with good looks. However, I do treasure the picture taken by an Olan Mills studio photographer of my wife and I approximately two years after we were married (1978 vintage).

#best, #bless, #looks, #married, #photographer, #picture, #treasure, #wife

Lay Not Up for Yourselves Treasures Upon the Earth

Hey, I’m on a roll! Two posts in one day. 🙂

This morning our family worshiped with the brethren at the Njiro congregation. We always enjoy worshiping here. Though they be few in number, there are some good people here. During one of the prayers offered this morning, my heart was struck at some words which were uttered.

But first, you must understand context. The home of the one who led the prayer is kind of like “The Projects” of Tanzania – rows of apartment-like dwellings for factory workers. Their space consists of two very small rooms. There is a small cubby hole where some food preparation is done. There is a tiny closet-sized toilet room, with just a hole in the ground. No sink. No shower. No running water. No electricity.

Now, with that in mind, think about this. Our brother prayed that we should not lay up our treasures on earth, because there are thieves and these earthly things will decay, but we should lay up our treasures in heaven. Isn’t that humbling to you? It is to me.

We may look at conditions in which our Tanzanian brethren live and think they are very poor. By U.S. standards they are. But U.S. standards don’t matter in the least. They are not “the” standard. George once asked his class of preacher students how many consider themselves to be poor. None of them thought so.

Just maybe some of our brethren in third-world countries have a better handle on what it means to lay up our treasures in heaven. They don’t have a lot of “things” in which to put their trust, but hope for a better place is very real to them.

What things do you treasure most? Can they be stolen? Can they rust? Will they decay? Maybe it’s time to reevaluate where we are storing our treasures, Matthew 6:19-20.

May you all have a blessed week.
In Him,

#decay, #poor, #prayer, #treasure

A single key word: deny (Matthew 16:24)….

A single key word: “deny” (Matthew 16:24).

We must be willing to deny ourselves of temporary worldly treasures in order to attain those eternal treasures (Matthew 6:20; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; 1 Peter 1:3-4; cf. Hebrews 11:24-26).

#deny, #temporary, #treasure, #worldly