DAY 21

March 24, 2017

 

This week in 40 Days we have focused on Jesus' words from Matthew 6, a part of the Sermon on the Mount. I hope you have treasured His words in your time of reflection, confession, and prayer. 

 

Today I will have the hard task to lead the funeral of Kelsey Tennant, a young lady who grew up at our church and was recently tragically killed. Just a couple days ago I went to Kelsey's apartment to help the family move all of Kelsey's belongings to a storage facility. Kelsey's apartment was very homey, perfect for a 19-year-old to live in. The apartment was also small, it was not filled with the fanciest technology or high-value furniture and appliances. It didn't take us all that long to move Kelsey's earthly belongings to the small storage unit. 

 

While speaking with Kelsey's family yesterday in preparation for today's service, her parents told me how their faith had been strengthened through this super tough event in their lives. They reported that people have called, come by, or sent messages saying how much impact their daughter had had in their lives, how their lives had changed for the better because of Kelsey, and how some had a hard heart toward God but because of Kelsey they had opened their hearts to Jesus.

 

REFLECT:

Matthew 6

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.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

Jesus is looking at his disciples and telling them not to focus on riches, successes, advancements, and victories in this life. He understands our temptation to be the best, to climb the ladder, to build our riches, to have more... But He is putting it into perspective for them and for us... All these riches, trophies, accomplishments and inheritance might seem good, but it can be stolen by a thief and quickly gone. The treasures we build in heaven are kept by Christ, and we will receive our reward there. 

 

Can you imagine the treasure Kelsey is receiving? She didn't have much that she built on this earth but she loved others, she served in missions, she cared for the marginalized, she was an encourager, she led people to Christ, and helped build up churches. She was serving God on earth with her heart set on heaven.

 

CONFESS:

Dear God,

Forgive me for missing the mark sometimes.

Forgive me for thinking more often than I should that the things of this earth are more treasurable than the things of your Kingdom. 

Help me focus my day, attention, mind, and heart on the things that will help me store up treasure in heaven.

Help me to love, to give, to sacrifice, to witness, to share, to care, and to desire heaven and what you have there for me more than I desire earthly success.

 

Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Take some time to examine your heart. Where is it? What is it filled with?

The answer to that question is where you'll find your treasure.

I hope your heart is in Christ. Filled with His Spirit. And treasure will be in heaven.

 

PRAYER:

Psalm 73

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

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