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How Do You Guard Your Treasure

Matthew 13:44-46

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

Have you ever found something that you wanted so badly that you tried to figure out how you could get it? If you found something that was so valuable and you knew you just "had to get it", how much would you be willing to give up for it? These are the kind of items that the people in our stories today found.

What could be so important or valuable to risk so much? The parable says it was the Kingdom of Heaven. We need to understand that kingdom doesn't always refer to a place but sometimes it speaks of the people of that kingdom. That is the kingdom referenced here. Jesus was talking about how precious His Kingdom is. It is so important that we should be willing to give up everything for it.

This idea of giving up everything for one greater thing is the whole point of following Jesus in the way of the cross. It is the cost of true discipleship.

Notice that neither individual in these verses just goes out and sells everything to get the treasure without first identifying that it was indeed a great treasure. The same is true for us. We don't come to the point of total surrender or full submission without seeing the great treasure our Savior is.

What does it mean to be be fully submitted to the Jesus? Well, it is seeing Him as Lord of your life; saying He is in full charge of our life. it is His desires being held higher than ours, setting His mission ahead of our own. This is the very essence of what it means to be His follower. This is what it means to follow Him in the way of the cross. It is accepting the fact that to truly be His follower means dying to self. It also means gaining the greatest treasure ever found!

Making it personal

What is something in your life that you struggle giving up for the treasure? Are you willing to give it up for the greatest treasure? What are things you have given up and now see that they weren't as important as you thought?

Making it personal kids

What is the biggest treasure you can think of? Do you think it is as valuable as Jesus? What makes Him more valuable?

Closing prayer

Father, thank You for helping us see the treasure that is You and Your kingdom. Show us things we hold tighter than Your treasure. Help us surrender fully to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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