“The Wednesday Word” Podcast & Devotional
We thought it would be a great idea to have a mid-week recap & refresh of Pastor David’s Sunday sermon. Let’s make sure that we are learning all we can from them!
Pastor David’s Wednesday devotional will be related to the Sunday sermon in some way. It could be an expansion on a theme, a different twist, or some kind of content related to Sunday’s sermon. Various staff members and parishioners will gather to discuss the devotional and how it relates to our lives and maybe give some practical application of the word.
You can listen to the audio version in your car, while doing housework, during your workout, or whenever is most convenient for you. We want you to be able to access it at any time that is the right time for you to have a few minutes to read and reflect on it.
“Finding Your Treasure”
19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6: 19-21
Our relationship with possessions can be complicated. On the one hand, we must have them to survive. So, they are necessary for our existence. On the other hand, the desire for them can control our lives, and when they do they diminish our lives. Jesus teaches often about the importance of possessions from the perspective of faith in God. In his teaching, he does not diminish the importance of possessions, instead he asks us to search our hearts to see if we diminish the importance of God out of a desire for possession. Searching our hearts is important because we cannot serve two masters. Is God the one we serve?
Probably all of us have prized possessions. I do. I have a Methodist pocket hymnal printed in 1840 that was given to me by one of my mentors Rev. Travis Kendall. I also have an Edwin Markham poem that was hand typed by him, signed, addressed to my grandfather, and given to my grandfather as a gift. This poem was one of Edwin Markham’s most famous poems, and one line on the page had been “whited out” and re-typed over, making this copy the only one like it in existence. Needless to say, it is special!
What are a few of your most prized possessions and why are they important to you? Think about this question for a moment. How do we know if a possession has become too important to us?
One way to help think through this question is to remember that everything we have ultimately belongs to God. And God is not just interested in what we do with some of our time and some of our possessions—God is interested in what we do with all our time and all of our possessions. When thinking about prized possessions, what does this mean to you?
In today’s scripture, Jesus tells us to store up treasures in heaven. In my sermon this past Sunday, I spoke about decisions we make and actions we take that extend beyond our lives and become our gratitude offering to God when we die. Do you have a story of a person in your life whose actions exemplify “storing up treasures in heaven?”
I remember packing up to move across country for Seminary. My good friend Rev. Rich Fennig had purchased a round trip airline ticket so I could visit Princeton. He knew that if I spent some time on the Princeton Campus, I would end up applying for admission. He was right. I was accepted, and Geri, our two children at the time, and I loaded up the moving truck to move from Flagstaff Arizona to Princeton New Jersey. My friend Rich helped us load up the truck. Ten days and four break downs later, we arrived in Princeton to find Rich sitting on the steps of our married housing apartment. He had flown across country to help us unload the truck and settle in. This is just one of many stories I could tell about Rich and the ways he exemplified storing up treasures in heaven.
One day Rich will pass on, and the good that he did on earth will become his offering to God. I too will pass on one day. What will I have to offer God out of gratitude for all God has done for me? Of course, that day will come for each of us. And, if you are like me, we hope that on that day God will say “well done good and faithful servant.” Why? What is it about your life that will give God reason to say, “well done?” (Hint: think about both grace and faithfulness.)
God bless you and I will see you in church.