“one man’s trash…”

Nowadays people are leaving unwanted possessions outside, inviting passers-by to help themselves.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. How true! People find valuable articles for next to nothing in car boot sales; we value trinkets which have little monetary value but huge emotional significance; and we bid ‘over the odds’ for things we really want.

What is important to us? The answer shapes our lives both now and for ever.

Jesus said:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”

Luke 12:34

Prior to this he had warned about setting too much store by material things and possessions. He told the parable of a rich man who concentrated his efforts on building barns and filling them, so that he could give up work and enjoy himself. But this man died before he could benefit from his efforts. Jesus calls him a ‘fool’ (Luke 12:13-20), and adds:

“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”

Luke 12:21

Not everyone believed Jesus then, and not everyone is interested now.

The message of the early Christians was met with scepticism and opposition. Paul wrote these words to people in the prosperous Greek city of Corinth:

“For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

So to some the gospel is of little value, and to others it is silly or foolish. But it is the message from God about how we can be saved eternally by being a follower of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said that the gospel (the kingdom of heaven) is worth more than anything else we can have.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasurehidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”

Matthew 13:44

So what is our treasure?

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