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treasurey of gold coins October 20 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Luke 12:22-13:17; Luke 13:22- 14:24

Treasures

What do we value in life? Our looks? Sports? Sex? Our abilities? Careers? Respect? Popularity? Wealth? Maybe we value something more basic like eating or being clothed. Jesus redirects us to a different set of values. In preparing the disciples for Jesus’ death and their future persecution, Jesus said to his disciples

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes....

Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:22-34, NIV)

Where is our treasure? One of the key ways we can tell where our treasures are is by looking into our wallets and watching our spending habits. We have wallets or purses in which we keep (amongst other things) money and credit cards. We use the money or credit cards to purchase items or services. What things or services do we purchase? Whom do they benefit? Do they benefit us or family members or friends? Of course they do. Most of us do not even keep track of all that we spend or how we spend it. The wallet or purse at times seems to have holes in it, and we have to keep filling it with more money for purchases.

How lasting are our purchases? Most of the time what we spend for is quickly consumed and forgotten. Many times we spend our money on fleeting pleasures. Instead of seeking things of this world, however, God wants us to value things of the next world. A purse or wallet full of money will eventually expend itself, but a purse of eternal pursuits does not wear thin; its contents last for an eternity.

Why don’t people come to Jesus for eternal life? Pride is the problem for most Americans; we think too much of ourselves and we want others to think well of us, too. We buy things we can’t afford and do things to impress people we don’t even like. We are not sure we need Jesus. Pride keeps us from coming to him for salvation.

Some people believe they are invincible; they do not see trouble on the horizon and take no steps to avoid it. We, even more so than the ancient people of Jesus’ day, can discern from the skies and weather patterns what the weather will be like. If we see heavy rains, tornadoes or other violent weather headed our way, we prepare for it. So if we can discern the physical weather and prepare for it, why don't we consider what the weather will be spiritually and prepare for it? The Bible, God's Word, says we need to prepare ourselves for judgment, condemnation, and the fires of hell. To avoid that we need to realize our wrongdoings and failures, and in a spirit of true contrition turn to God and humbly ask for his forgiveness and salvation (more...). God provides the only place of safety through his Son Jesus Christ.

Let us not think we are invincible. Let us not live in denial. The Bible says,

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him, (Hebrews 9:27-28, NIV).

Heaven is a greater value than any treasure on this earth. Luke 14:11says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted,” (NIV). It is not so much what we do in this life that makes us important in God's eyes; it is who we are. Are we God's children? Do we walk in humility or self-righteousness? Do we understand what is good and what he requires of us - to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God? (Micah 6:8, NIV) Let's consider eternal values.

Some people do not come to Jesus because they think it is an inconvenient time for them. Imagine mom or dad calls us to the table to eat. “In a minute,” we say, but we never come. It is inconvenient. Never mind the kindness of being invited or the trouble someone took to make the meal; the meal came at a time that was inconvenient. Sooner or later the meal is consumed by others or put away. God first called his Jewish people to the table to eat in the kingdom of God (heaven). Most refused. Now, in his grace, God calls us non-Jews (Gentiles) to the table. Will we come or is it inconvenient? Are our career goals more important? Do we have too many places to go and things to do? Do we say we will come later when we are old and gray? When we come to God’s table we receive food for eternal life, which He prepared for us through the death of his Son Jesus Christ. Let us put away what we are doing. Let’s come to the banquet table. The food of eternal life is more important than anything else we might consume. Let’s not miss the meal. Let’s not offend God. He may not extend the invitation a second time. Come now to God’s table and receive eternal life for your soul (more...).

 Lessons to live by:

  • A purse or wallet full of money will eventually expend itself, but a purse of eternal pursuits does not wear thin; its contents last for an eternity.
  • We need to prepare ourselves for judgment, condemnation, and the fires of hell by repenting and trusting in Jesus for our salvation.
  • Heaven is a greater treasure than anything we may seek on this earth.
  • God invites us to his banquet table. The food of eternal life is more important than anything else we might consume. Let’s not miss the meal (more...).

Today’s Bible Memory Verse:

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)

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