Where are your Treasures
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
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
 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through
 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
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!