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Saturday/Sunday: July 1, 2019

Plowing Through Life

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44)

You are plowing  your field and the plow hits something. You  look to see if the plow is damaged  and what was hit. A treasure chest?!   Since you were leasing the field you do everything you can to go buy the field. You sell everything you have to get that field. That’s what the kingdom of heaven is like. We find it and we give up everything . But is that what we really have been doing?

I’m afraid that instead of giving  ourselves  away to get the kingdom of heaven, we are storing up  treasures on earth. “Our lust of the flesh, our lust of the eyes and our pride of life,” as 1 John 2:16 reads, reminds us we are storing up our treasures on earth instead of heaven. We want things that excite us, we want more things to hoard, we want to be recognized. What we forget in the excitement of “stuff” is that these things die with us.

Matt 6:31-33, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans pursue all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

The treasure of heaven is found in giving ourselves away to God and His will for our life. When we do, we realize He takes care of our needs. We also realize our wants just get in the way of His will. The treasure we find is in Him alone.

Question: What treasure are you finding?

Challenge: “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your treasure and for supplying our needs. Help us to give ourselves away for the treasure of heaven. Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays

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