Treasuring God #2

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
— (Matthew 13:44-46 ESV)

On Sunday at the retreat I shared practical steps to Treasuring God. It is easy to say we treasure God, but unless we act on it we won't gain the treasure for ourselves. Here are four practical ways I live a life that treasures God. Jesus spoke about each of these in John 13-15.

What does Treasuring God look like?

What does Treasuring God look like?

Time with God

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
— John 15:5-7

Time with God is the surest indication that you treasure God. It is also like the shovel with which you might dig for more treasure! Jesus mentions two specific parts of that in the scripture above -- namely, God's word and prayer. 

A regular time, ideally daily, of reading and meditating on God's word and praying comprises the center of most saints pursuit of God. 

Community

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends…These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
— John 15:12-17

I can garden alone. I can ride my bike by myself. I can read or listen to music by myself. But, God never intended me to be a Christian by myself. Loving one another is the command of Jesus. He made it clear that my loving other people and having them love me is non-optional in following him. 

The practical way to work that out is to be in a small group of people who serve together or a life group that is designed for that purpose.

Service

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
— John 13:14-15

Jesus made service a priority also. As he says in Mark 10:45, "even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." To follow Him is to follow in a path of service. Where can you connect to a need, to people you can care about, to a place where your contribution will make a difference?

Evangelism

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
— John 15:26-27

The Holy Spirit is given to us to bear witness to Jesus, so that we can bear witness. If a God-Treasuring person is close to a person outside the faith -- to love them, to serve them, to pray for them -- that person will have opportunity to bear witness about Jesus. This is an indispensable part of treasuring God. 

This is the simplest way I can think to communicate what I mean when I talk about treasuring God. 

Scott ReavelyComment