Yesterday was Souper Bowl Sunday at C3! This wasn’t a misspelling…we collected canned foods for our local food pantries yesterday. 🙂
Matt spoke a powerful, encouraging word, “Where is Your Treasure?” He reminded us that the NFL season began back in September with 32 NFL teams all focused on going to the Super Bowl and holding up the winning trophy. And, then last night it was down to 2 teams, Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers. At the end of the night, only one team walked away with the win. Only one team walked away with the trophy. While it was fun to gather with friends and family and watch the game, we were reminded that the greatest reward that we can receive is not from any trophy that we receive or any recognition that we get. Our greatest reward and the most meaningful can only come from our Heavenly Father. And what He gives us will last forever!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”(NLT)
How do we live with purpose? How can we live our life in such a way that it adds value to others and makes an eternal impact?
Matthew 6:19-21, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”(NLT)
This verse reminds us that when we store up treasures on earth, moths and rust destroy the things that we value. Thieves can come in and steal what we hold so dear. It reminds us of the verse, John 10:10 “The enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy.” When we treasure earthly things, we treasure what is temporary and superficial. But., when we store up our treasures in Heaven, no moths or rust can destroy; no thieves can come in and steal. Our treasures are eternal.
Treasures in Heaven = People. When we spend our lives pouring into others and loving others with a Christlike love, we are storing treasures in Heaven.
Treasures on earth are temporary. They can leave us empty and wandering. When our treasure is in earthly possessions or positions, we tend to be focused on self. We may be happy for a moment, but the happiness is fleeting.
Treasures in Heaven are eternal. They bring fulfillment and purpose. They allow us to be others-focused and have consistent, pure joy.
Matthew 16:25-27, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”
Matt spent time again this week with our good friend and overseer Billy Hornsby. Billy is the founder and president of the ARC and he is like a father to Matt. Right now Billy is battling cancer, but while Matt spent time with him last week he challenged him and encouraged him with some powerful thoughts…
“If we live for others our work is always done. But if we live for ourselves our work is never done.”
“I just want to live the rest of my life and put as many treasures in heaven as I can.”
What a powerful challenge…to live everyday of the rest of our lives with out number one priority being to honor God and to place treasures in Heaven. To value people above possessions or positions. To place eternal treasures in Heaven that rust can not destroy; that thieves cannot come in and steal.