Formations lesson for May 12: Where Is Your Treasure?
April 26 2002 by Haven Parrott , Luke 12:22-34

Formations lesson for May 12: Where Is Your Treasure? | Friday, April 26, 2002

Friday, April 26, 2002

Formations lesson for May 12: Where Is Your Treasure?

By Haven Parrott Luke 12:22-34

Have you ever been so busy that you forgot something really important?

Distracted by the details One Sunday morning a few weeks after my fourth son was born, I busied myself with the task of getting everyone up and ready for church. I fed, bathed and dressed the baby, and tucked him into his car seat carrier to nap. I placed the carrier by the door and went to check on the older boys, who were 9, 7 and 5.

After much ado, everyone was finally ready, so we piled into the van and headed off. As we drove to church, I patted myself on the back for what I'd accomplished: the boys' faces had been scrubbed clean, including ears and noses; their hair had been neatly combed; their teeth had been vigorously brushed; their shirts were freshly ironed, buttoned and tucked in; their belts had been threaded through all the loops; their socks matched and their shoes were tied; and they each had a Bible and offering envelope. I was quite sure that someone would take notice and nominate me for "mother of the year." Supremely confident of my parental prowess, I smiled smugly and nodded a greeting to all those we met us as my husband and I herded the kids to their respective Sunday School classrooms.

But alas, pride goes before a fall. As Mike and I began climbing the stairs that led to the adult department, my 9-year-old, who was heading for his classroom at the end of the hall, turned and yelled, within earshot of all the nursery workers and Sunday School teachers: "Hey, Mom, when will the baby be old enough to come to church with us?"

I froze in horror as I realized that I'd left my infant son home alone! I'd gotten so caught up in getting to church that I'd forgotten our youngest child!

In a panic, Mike and I raced home to find that Dalton was, thankfully, still sleeping peacefully in his car seat carrier. So much for the "mother of the year" nomination.

Common sense vs. kingdom sense Oh yes, it is possible to get so busy, so hurried, so caught up with "doing" life that we forget why we're doing it. Life can be hectic and it doesn't take long to get so focused on the details that we don't see the big picture.

The Greek word translated take no thought, as in, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on," literally means to be drawn in different directions. In other words, don't be so distracted by the stuff that doesn't last that you forget about the stuff that does.

The problem is not that we want too much, it's that we settle for too little. The Father knows our need of food, shelter and clothing, and He promises to provide those earthly incidentals, which are to be regarded as means to an end, not an end in themselves. What He longs for us to pursue and treasure are those things that never wear out: His peace, His joy, His perspective, Himself.

Yet, like toddlers who cast aside what's inside the Christmas packages because the boxes and bows distract them, too often we focus on the wrappings and trappings of life rather than the purpose of life - to know and show Christ.

Those who live in view of eternity understand that "life is more than food, and the body more than clothing." Jesus warned that it is the cares of the world that choke the seed of the word (Matt. 13:22).

Satan giggles with glee when we get so busy and distracted by the details of life that we neglect to honor the One who gave us life.

We are, after all, ambassadors of the King of Kings.

When we become entangled in the domestic affairs of this foreign land that we act more like citizens than aliens, we compromise our effectiveness as His representatives. We lose sight of His agenda and begin to pursue and promote our own. We are, simply, incapable of operating from a kingdom perspective without spending time with the King. Easy to say, but hard to do.

The good news is, you always have time for the things you put first.

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4/26/2002 12:00:00 AM by Haven Parrott , Luke 12:22-34 | with 0 comments
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