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April
24
2016

The Treasure

THE TREASURE…SERMON NOTES…..MATTHEW 13:44

INTRODUCTION:  Dr. Williamson the Geologist in Tanzania…Pink Diamond of Tanzania…today that rock is in the royal scepter of Great Britain.  Today Tanzania has produced the largest diamond mine in the world.  John Williamson at the time of his death, had given back over 8,000,000 pounds from profits, he died before 50 and was called the world’s most lonely bachelor.

  1.  TREASURE CHRIST.  Christ is the treasure of great price, not some dumb rock.  Oh there are

Economic struggles in life-don’t be defined by them.  Get into economics…one of the problems is we compare ourselves to others…greed, envy.  People look at house hunters on TV and think…why don’t I live on the beach?  Why am I not getting a condo in Manhattan…whatever.  We are more aware of economic disparity.  1% having 50% of wealth in America…not the world……to get to half the wealth of the planet…all billionaires…basically all millionaires as well….There are 34 million millionaires in the world today.  The population of US is roughly 318,679,314… If all millionaires live in the U.S it would be one for a little less than 100.  There are 7.125 billion people on earth…less than one percent have half the resources. 

Thoughts:  there are plenty of resources…we are doing a bad job of sharing. 

There has been some wonderful sharing with the extremely rich…Gates and Buffet…There has been some incredible greed with the extremely wealthy as well.

But here is the thing…get caught in that whole web of wealth…needing…wanting more…learn to treasure Christ.

Last week…America for Christ…a little more than $300…easy to think…that is not even a drop in the bucket…wrong way of looking at things…do what we can….

Learn to treasure Christ…image of heaven….streets of gold…someday walk on the dumb rocks.

Treasure Christ…came to serve, not be served….came to seek and save the lost…came to save the world.

  1. Learn to treasure Christ in your life.  What is the purpose of your life?  Make money?  Most of

The time when people talk about life’s meaning…speak of job…what do you do?  Men who retire and struggle with self worth…Really?  Now listen…live for 60 or 70 years…compared to eternity.  This life is a practice rehearsal…learn how to love Jesus….learn how to praise Jesus…about learning to love Him and enjoy Him forever…

C.S. Lewis…The Great Divorce….people choose not to love Christ….get back on the bus…

This life…about learning to love God through Christ.

  1. Treasure Christ:  HOW?  BUY THE FIELD.

Phenomenon…John Tavolta…George…Kyra Sedgwick…Lace…Robert Duvall…town Dr.  John Travolta has a love interest in Kyra Sedgwick…she is eccentric…makes lawn furniture out of wood…he buys her furniture…when she is not around…he knows that makes her happy…helps her…one scene the town Dr. is talking to another guy about his lousy love life…do you know why George gets alone with Lace?  He buys her furniture…Buy the furniture!  Buy the chairs!

Buy in!  This is not a rental proposition.  When you love Jesus…buy in

Do you believe Jesus Christ is Lord?  Buy In.  If you know He died for you…buy in.  He you believe in God…buy in.

How to buy in:

  1.  Accept Him…relationship…love Christ…treasure Christ.

  2. Want to know more about Him…want to experience Him more…Want to be like Him…learn the word…not just intellectually, internalize it.

  3. As you love Christ…learning to love others…community…developing the faith community…learning we are a body of believers, it is about growing in Christ, about worshipping Christ

  4. Caring for others.

4.REALIZE CHRIST IS THE TREASURE FOR YOU…YOU ARE THE TREASURE FOR CHRIST.  I am Christ’s treasure.  Oh how I long for you to get this…you are Christ’s treasure.  There will be mistakes you will not make when you realize you are Christ’s treasure.  You will not spend your life on drugs or self medication…you will not be addicted to chasing the dollar, you will not allow other people to put you down or manipulate you…I am Christ’s treasure.  Buy it…Christ has already bought in.

Bernard of Clairvaux…Degrees/ stages

  1. Love of self for self’s sake…Where most people are.  Narcissistic culture.  Me…me…me…

Confess sin…accept Christ…no longer all about me.  Problem is many Christians accept Christ…still me me me.  It is not longer I who live but Christ lives in me…the life I now live…live by faith in the Son of God.

  1.  Love of God…self sake…Most people come to God for self sake…still all about me…Churches filled with self centered children.  Story of Russell and Harlow…Russell…this is only the fourth person I have done this with…4 more than most.

  2. Love of God for God’s sake…God is God, learn to love God, not because of something you will get out of it…Awesome…learn to celebrate living…joy of the birds…freedom of another day with God…wonderful.

  3. Love of self for God’s sake.  I am God’s treasure…this is not narcissistic…this is Christocistic.  Oh how He loves me.

Conclusion:  TREASURE CHRIST.

 

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