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What Do You Treasure Most?

If your house was burning down and you could only save one thing, what would it be? It's a decision people make every day, and it's never easy. There'll always be things we grieve about giving up because of their intrinsic value in our lives. If you want to know what yours are, look at how you spend your time and money. It's a dead giveaway.

Jesus said, 'Where your treasure is...there your heart will be also.' Your 'treasure' can be relationships you'd do anything to keep, a career that's central to your identity, or your investments for the future. These things are ok. Indeed, the Bible says that wise people look ahead and plan (Proverbs 21:20). But it's where you're investing for eternity that really matters. 'The rich young ruler asked Jesus: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?"...Jesus said..."Sell have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me." But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich' (Luke 18:18-23 NKJV). In essence, Jesus was asking this man who was rich and successful, 'Would you give it all up to follow Me? Would you forfeit it for a few years in order to have much more for eternity? Instead of building a career, would you spend your life building My Kingdom?'

Jesus wants to be 'front and centre' in your life. And when you put Him there, He promises, 'All your other needs will be met as well' (Matthew 6:33 NCV). Are you willing to put Him to the test?

Soulfood : Gen 44-46, Jn 19:1-24, Ps 148:7-14, Ecc 5:4-6


Go in His Strength

It's said, 'There's nothing stranger than people, but there's nothing more important!' Jesus understood that principle. He spent His life as 'one who serves' (Luke 22:27 NIV). He ministered to society's outcasts. He sought out the one sheep that was lost while the other ninety-nine waited (Luke 15:4-6). Even on the cross Jesus wasn't thinking about the impact of His earthly ministry, or tying up loose ends. He was busy forgiving the thief on an adjacent cross, asking His Father to forgive the men who crucified Him, and making sure His mother was taken care of after He went back to Heaven.

So, was Jesus' schedule less pressing than ours? Or did He know something we don't? For example, instead of filling our diaries, we should be more concerned with building relationships and pouring ourselves into the lives of those around us. Think what could happen if, like Jesus, we made a conscious decision to invest our time and talent into the lives of twelve people. The possibilities are mind-boggling! Perhaps you feel intimidated by the concept of making a difference in the world. Don't let your vision of what's possible be limited by what you perceive as your own strengths and weaknesses. 'With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine' (Ephesians 3:20 NCV).

Only one opinion matters - God's. And He told Gideon, 'Go in the strength you have and save Israel...Am I not sending you?' The strength of the Sender, not the weaknesses of the one being sent, is what changes the odds and wins the day.

Soulfood : Gen 42-43, Jn 18:19-40, Ps 148:1-6, Ecc 5:1-3


Stop Trying to Second-Guess God

Are you doing what you believe to be God's will, yet things aren't working out like you expected? God has a different perspective - a better one. It's ok to question Him, but not to doubt and second-guess Him. In His Word He says, 'My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.'

When God told Moses he was going to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, Moses was all for it. But things didn't go the way he anticipated because Pharaoh made their lives harder for a while. So instead of becoming a hero, Moses lived through a season of being criticised and misunderstood. Later, when some other things didn't turn out as Moses expected, he got discouraged and complained along these lines: 'Lord, I did what You told me to do. How come I'm not getting the results I prayed for' (Exodus 5:22)? Moses didn't understand the results of his obedience, because God didn't tell him exactly how things would turn out. Usually our frustrations have little to do with what God does or doesn't do, and everything to do with our mistaken ideas about what we think He should do. When you assume, or try to analyse God, you always end up frustrated.

Jesus told His disciples, 'You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand' (John 13:7 CEV). It's only in looking back that you see how the Lord has led you. He is the best at what He does and His track record proves it. So trust God and stop trying to second-guess Him.

Soulfood : Gen 40-41, Jn 18:1-18, Ps 147:12-20, Ecc 4:9-12

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