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.