Why Are You Doing
That? Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
by David Rogne
What about Prayer and Fasting? Matthew 6:1-21
by Rev. Frank
The Cross of Ashes, various Scriptures
by Rev. Melinda Harwood
in me a clean heart by Thomas. Hall, Psalm 51
Christ Has Prepared
a Banquet, by HW in HI, Mat 6:1-6, 16-21
Have Mercy on Me,
Doug in Riverside, Psalm 51:1-12
Touching the King, Isaiah 58:1-12, Nail-Bender in NC
For Where Your Treasure Is,
There Your Heart Will Be Also
Mat. 6:1-6, 16-21
by HW in HI
What powerful words. We only have to hear them to know that we've fallen short of
the glory of God.
Right now, in my family, we are looking at buying a house. And when I hear the words,
"where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" I imagine myself getting
confused, and thinking that my treasure is in having a nice house..
Or I'll give you an even better example. A friend of mine on Oahu, Joe Carr, is
running the Alpha Bible study for his Episcopal church in Kaneohe. I don't envy him
running it. What I envy is that he's getting 100 people on a week night to show up,
week after week, to learn the word of God. And I am forced to ask myself, "Do I
treasure building up a church so others will see it and think, "What a fine
pastor!" or do I treasure serving God faithfully whatever the circumstances?
Lent is a good time to ask ourselves, "Where is my treasure?" An honest
answer will always show us how we can go about improving our spiritual lives, how we can
go about opening ourselves to God's presence in our lives.
Do we treasure our house? Maybe. Is that really where we want our hearts to be? Do we
treasure fine jewels or paintings? Perhaps we treasure our cars or our trucks? Our books?
Our music? How about our computers? Perhaps we treasure our jobs. Maybe we treasure our
toys, a new dress, a cool computer game.
Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on
earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal." [continue]