“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

My son has a Pound Puppy he named Blue-da. In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced just as it appears, “Blue-da.”  We have no idea where he came up with the name. We agree that it’s an odd name but gladly embraced it after feeling relieved to learn he was saying “Blue-da” and not “Buddha.” Nevertheless, he loves the thing with his whole four-year-old heart. It’s not always by his waking side, but it’s never far away. He travels with Blue-da, plays with Blue-da, and most importantly he sleeps with Blue-da. While we know this will not always be the case, for this brief season of life, Joshua treasures Blue-da. Evidence of his affection is never more obvious than the regular evening hunt we all engage in to find the dog. After all, how is a four year old to get to sleep if he’s not clutching his plush toy of choice? On one occasion Blue-da went missing. It seemed as if he’d run away and with it went Joshua’s little heart. Tears flowed down his flush red cheeks as he protested our abandoning of the hunt. Having looked everywhere, we labored through our bedtime routine and tucked our heartbroken little man into bed. It was obvious that wherever Blue-da was there Joshua’s heart was also.

Can you relate? I can. The funny thing is, when I was a kid I had a Pound Puppy too. I carried it around and loved on it just like Joshua. Obviously, you and I have grown out of our Pound Puppy plush toy phase, but have we really grown out of treasuring things? This week, as we continue our series on The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is going to be addressing that which our heart treasures. This message is often preached in relation to money, but I’d like to challenge us to consider it in a much broader context than that. As we prepare for Sunday, I’d like to encourage us to read Matthew 6:19-24 and consider what it is we treasure most. Is it an earthly or a heavenly treasure? How have you accumulated it and what place does it have in your heart? This Sunday, I trust that we will see once again how Jesus is our greatest treasure and just how it is that we can store up for ourselves treasure in heaven.

Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, church!­

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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