“Where are Your Treasures”
Main Scripture: Luke 12:20-21
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’
“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
If you’re living your life to what you think is the fullest each day, but you have only earthly goals in mind, it will be short-lived. It will be a withering type of thing. You have to have spiritual goals in mind. Things will get in the way of being the best you can be. Some of those things are pride and self-centeredness, but you still have to do everything as unto the Lord. You have to try to keep those types of thoughts from entering your mind. You have to understand what’s spiritual and what’s long lasting.
I’m reminded of the Scripture passage about the guy who had the barns, was very blessed, and said he was going to build bigger barns and store all of his wares. But God said to him, “You’re a fool because all these things will be taken from you this very night.” Where is your soul? That’s the thing that’s going to last.
We do get misguided priorities if we’re really just thinking only in terms of being good. Everything has to balance out. Excellence without service, or excellence without teamwork is excellence for only your purpose. It all has to come into balance.
Sometimes we may find ourselves living to impress others or even making decisions to bring pride to ourselves. When we live life or do things that we constantly bring the attention to “I” and not “HIM”, where is our treasure? Many times we do things or promote things and we always include “I” within the good deed or whatever it may be. Again, where is our treasure? In times like the ones we are facing, it is very easy to do good deeds or promote great things and many times we draw the attention away from HIM and place the spotlight on “I” and making sure others see that “I” did this or that. The Bible says to do these things unto the Lord and give HIM all the glory.
Not only with good deeds, but what if we live our life to collect or have “things”. Many times we put more thought into what “toys” we have instead of treasures we can’t see, the things we are promised if we follow God! I have always been told that you can look at a person’s checkbook and see where their heart is. Think about that statement, is your heart where it should be?
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
1 Corinthians 9:24
24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
What are some of your Life Goals? How important is it to you to reach those goals? Would you do “anything” to reach those goals?
Look back at the verses from Luke 12, can you apply this to your life goals? Will you be satisfied by achieving these goals or will you place the goals God has set for you above the goals you have set for yourself?
What are some ways you can keep from becoming to prideful or making everything about you?
Love and Blessings,
Minister of Music
Hillcrest Baptist Church