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Where are your Treasures

 

Greetings Little Flock,

I had also planned on a special sermon for you all today but with this pain and everything going on around here, well it just hasn't worked out to well.

So I hope that you won't mind if I use a message I sent out back on May 15 of 2005. I thought I could do this while everyone is gone to church and it's quiet around here, at least for a few minutes... (smile) Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't. A great story and lesson entitled: "Where are Your Treasures" can be learned here. (smile)

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably someone would forget and something would come up missing. Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease...she was just sure it was fatal. She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders.

The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death. The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks.

Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully but the dog just drooped, whining and miserable. But finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.

Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed. When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. Panic soon gave way to laughter though when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed in every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement and back bringing his beloved mistress his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every night.

It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.

Matthew 6: 19, 21

[19] Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
[20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
[21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I’m afraid that many of us have laid up treasures just as Lucky did in the beginning of the story. They were in his box and you and I have our treasures hid in our homes, our jobs, savings in the bank, our cars, boats, and yes, even motorcycles when we should be more concerned in laying up our treasures in heaven. We get so tied up in trying to keep up with the Jones running up the credit cards or borrowing way over our heads for a monster of a house when we really don’t need one that size.

Earthly treasures which will one day belong to someone else. We get so wrapped up in making a great living and whopping amount of money that we neglect the One from which all water flows. We work and fret until our bodies give out and only then do we realize where our true treasures lay and even then some never do realize and leave this world trying to hold on to the material things they gave their lives for…

Well folks, it’s great to have nice things as long as we don’t lose site of the One who has provided those things. I’m afraid that many time it is the “I” , I bought this, I did that, All of this belongs to me; when we should be thanking God for His love and mercy as it is He who has provided you and I with the health to earn a living. It is He who has given everything we have or will have to us for us to enjoy… And when do we thank Him? Or do we even take the time to thank Him? Do we read His word, pay our tithes, go to church, help others who might be in need, or do we just snatch and grab and clutch everything to our breast ever so tightly, making greed and lust our ever companion…

Listen folks, when Lucky’s master was gone he whined and cried and moped around. But when Mary came home Lucky gave her every thing he had and piled them up on her. Isn’t this what we need to be doing? Maybe this pup can teach us something today. God gives us things to use and have while we are here on earth. How many times have you laid them at His feet and thanked Him for the use of them… How many time have you drove a new shiny car down the street and waved at the neighbors and never said thank you God for giving me this new car or maybe a new dress or some other special thing you had wanted? Not so much as a thank you…

I must confess to you all right here. I’ve done that. I’ve gotten something and in my pride showed it to folks and bragged about the deal I made or what a bargain I got on buying it. And all the time it was God who provided and showered me in His blessings and arranged for the special price to show His love… Yes for years I was ungrateful or half heartedly thanking Him. But in these last few years I’ve come to realize how fragile and frail we truly are and that nothing is truly ours but everything is His and He just loans it to us for a little while. And for that you and I should praise and thank Him. To some He loans more than to others but regardless of how much He has given to us we should be thankful for His graciousness and love.

There is something which you may not have caught in the story. After the pup, Lucky laid and covered his master with his treasures, their relationship grew even closer. Did you notice that they walked further and further each day. And Lucky received even more treasures… In my personal life I’ve noticed that the Lord and I walk further and further each day now and He is still giving me more and more treasures to put into my box. But every time He does I thank Him and praise Him for His love and try to take good care of the things He gives me so that I can lay them at His feet in as good a shape as He gave them to me.

I hope that today you can say that the Lord is walking further and further with you each day. Let us each one take time today to give a special love and thank you to Our Lord for all the bounty He has provided us. Let us cover Him in our treasure as we lay them at His feet. And one of the greatest treasures we can lay at the Saviour’s feet is a lost soul. Where is your treasure laid up today? Here on earth, or are you laying up you treasures in heaven? I pray that your answer is, Heaven… Well glory!
 

Until next week;

May the Lord richly bless you and may we each yield our lives to Jesus and tell all those we meet what God has done in our lives and how He has saved our soul from an eternity in Hell. For complete surrender to Him brings complete victory.  Well Glory!


         
           

 



 

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"God's Little Ribband of Blue"
Written and Sung by: Jim Keeling

NOTE:  The ribband of blue, the heavenly color---reminder of a separated walk.

I wrote God's Little Ribband of Blue after reading from my KJV Bible.

Numbers 15: 37, 41
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of there garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God."

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