Thursday, September 24, 2009

Treasures of the Heart

Have you ever read "Treasure Island" or seen the movie? It's a story about pirates and stolen gold, cheating and murder. It's a story of what people really are like when they become greedy for treasure. Some people will steal or lie or even kill just to get treasure. Treasure is something we want more than anything else.

The Bible talks about treasure, too, when it talks about our hearts.

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matt. 6:21

Our hearts are like treasure chests, filled with what is most important to us.

Do you have a jewelry box? What do you keep there? I keep these things in my jewelry box. (Rings, old coins, special keys) They are all important to me.

Do you have a toy box? What do you keep in it? Many things that really aren't worth much. Some are even broken. We keep lots of unimportant things, don't we?

What are the things you treasure the most? What is really important to you?
Money or gold
Sports or hobbies
Being popular, well liked
Toys and stuff
Your family
Having your own way, time for yourself
Good grades
Nice house or car or boat or …..
Important job
Jesus and His death to pay for your sin

What is in the treasure chest of your heart?

Think about the things you have in your heart's treasure chest. What treasures are most important to you? The things that we treasure are usually not WRONG THINGS. They may be very GOOD THINGS, but they should not fill our hearts.

When your body dies, what is the only treasure that is really important? Jesus and His death in our place, so that our sins can be forgiven. He is the only treasure that God promises that we can take with us to heaven.

Last week we learned that "…Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

He sees what you and I treasure most. When God looks into the treasure chest of your heart, what does He see?

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