Bible Studies for Life Lesson for June 12- Where Is Your Treasure?
May 26 2011 by Jim Grieme, pastor, Watkins Chapel Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Matthew 6:19-34

If last week’s lesson focused on possessing, this week’s lesson is more about position. In Matthew 6:19, Jesus warns His listeners to not “collect for yourselves treasures on earth.”

Without delving too far into a language lesson here, Jesus told them to “not treasure your treasures;” the word used for “collect” is from the same root as the word for “treasure.”

So here’s the burning question: Is it wrong to “have” things?

I remember the first car that I really truly liked and that was really truly mine (my “first” car was a 1963 Chevy Impala painted with brown house paint and applied with a paint brush). It was a 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with a 350, four-barrel carburetor.

The car was copper gold with a Landau roof, and it was fast. I kept it spotless, so much so I wore the paint off the hood. The only reason it didn’t rust was due to the “umpteen hundred” coats of wax I kept on it.

The problem was, the longer I had the car, the more it had me.

I got this right before I got married, and after we were married I spent almost as much time with it as I did Frances (and yes, I paid dearly for my foolishness).

I worried where it was parked, how much dirt was on it and how it ran. When I sold it after three years, I almost cried.

Basically, I was “treasuring my alleged treasure.”

So what was my problem?

Did I fall into some kind of Jedi mind trick played on me by the twin tail pipes of my car? My problem was one of worship. I always walked around the car before getting in and starting it, and I did the same thing after stopping.

I would walk six blocks in the Savannah, Ga., summer rather than risk a door ding. I was worshiping my car.

The car itself wasn’t the problem. Having the car wasn’t the problem.

The problem was I allowed the car to have me. I worshiped the car, and it consumed almost every “loose” thought in my head.

I was living proof of the truth Jesus was teaching regarding human nature: wherever we have put our treasure that is where our thoughts, energy and worship will be.

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus gives blessing for those who “hunger and thirst” after righteousness. The blessing is that they will “be filled,” or satisfied.

Anything we worship — or “treasure” — other than Jesus Christ and His kingdom will be very unfulfilling.
5/26/2011 4:28:00 AM by Jim Grieme, pastor, Watkins Chapel Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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