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Sometimes, perhaps not intentionally, we give the leftovers of our time, treasure, and talent to the Lord's work though the local church. When this happens, we subtly communicate that the mission to which Christ has called us isn't really worth the sacrifice. Paul offers a great corrective to this problem at the end of his teaching on Christ's resurrection and ours in 1 Corinthians 15. We must know the implications of the resurrection (for now and eternity), commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord' s work (without being swayed by the philosophies of our culture), and pursue excellence together with God's people (convinced that the sacrifice is worth it).
What is the one thing that you cannot live without? Many of us would probably say, 'Jesus.' Yet, saying that he is our treasure doesn't necessary mean that in our hearts he really is. Listen as pastor Jody Sledge challenges us through the story of rich young ruler to treasure Christ in order to have eternal life, to be a faithful disciple, and to gain lasting joy.
In John 14:1-3, we see Jesus tell the disciples, "Let not your hearts be troubled" immediately after foretelling Peter's denial. Listen and hear why Jesus is the greatest treasure in all of the universe.
Sure, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven has great value. Simple enough for us to believe... but there's so much more. One of the greatest challenges we face is to bring the truths of Scripture to life! The parables of the Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price challenge us to do more than know a fact about the kingdom.
What are you grasping on to in life? Are you willing to trade up for something greater? Are you willing to reprioitize your life?