We Have This Treasure

We Have This Treasure

March 29 | Fifth Sunday in Lent

Years ago I read the story of a man who found a five-dollar bill on the street. From that time on he never lifted his eyes when walking. In the course of the years, he accumulated over 54,000 pins, more than 29,000 buttons, 12 cents, a bent back, and a miserly disposition. He lost the blue of the sky, the glory of the sunlight, the blossoms of spring, the smiles of friends, and the entire joy of living.

Christ said that where the heart is the treasure will be also. He wants to be supreme in our life. We are to seek the kingdom of God first.

As a young man, Paul prized his Hebrew ancestry, his training as a Pharisee, and his Roman citizenship. In his mature years he deemed all this as refuse compared to knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and fellowship in his suffering.

Help us, dear Father, not to prize the incidental but to treasure what is eternal. AMEN.

About the Author

Theodore W. Anderson (1889–1972) served as president of the Evangelical Covenant Church for twenty-six years, from 1933 to 1959. Elected during the height of the Depression, he guided the church through a time of challenges, conflict, and developing identity. Anderson wrote these devotionals for the Home Altar in 1963.

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  1. Thank you for this word.
    Certainly we should let God be supreme in our life. Helping us to seek the kingdom of God first.
    Specially in this season of our lives.

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