The Weekend Word

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  1. Owen says:

    To share a little thought from my own experience – there is nothing (okay, maybe not nothing,but not much) like having to downsize the household from a large 4 bedroom house to a small 2.5 bedroom house, to bring up the realization that not only do you have far too much stuff, but three quarters of it is not needed…..at all….

    It’s amazing to realize what one can easily live without.

  2. Jean says:

    This is a great lesson to assist Christians in managing anxiety during election season. Thank you for the good word.

  3. So in a practical way how do you lay up treasures in heaven and how can you be sure?

  4. Michael says:

    MLD,

    I’d be interested in the Lutheran perspective on this.
    I’ve always taught that anything given in Jesus name is instantly credited to the heavenly account.
    This doesn’t just speak of money…

  5. LOL I don’t think there is a Lutheran view. Just a Christian view and a manipulative view. I don’t know if it involves money (other than personal hording) but more of live out your vocation helping your neighbor. Totally thieft proof and rustproof.

  6. Jean says:

    Michael, if you lead one person to Christ you’ve laid up treasure in heaven. I think the greatest treasures in heaven are saved souls, yours, mine and the saints of all times.

  7. Eric says:

    One question I’ve been asking a few Christians lately: How much treasure on earth can you store up before you’re “storing up treasure on earth”?

  8. Owen says:

    Jean,

    So, that begs the question, then….. anyone who hasn’t led someone to
    Christ, hasn’t stored up any treasure in heaven?

  9. Jean says:

    Hi Owen,

    I was thinking along two lines of thought:

    “We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.” (2 Cor 8b-10)

    1) Paul speaks of many being made rich through his ministry. I assume he is talking about spiritual and eternal wealth, rather than corporal and temporal. So, when we think about storing up treasure in heaven, I was not thinking in a selfish manner as though the wealth is all mine, but that each of us, His treasures, are being stored up. And always remembering that some plant and others water, but it is the Lord that gives the life and growth.

    2) In the same way that a true Christian does good works (just like a good tree produces good fruit), these good works, which are the fruit of the Spirit, are answers to the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer: (1) Hallowed by thy name; (2) Thy kingdom come; and (3) Thy will be done on earth….

    So, perhaps I was too narrow in singling out leading people to Christ, if we take that to mean the preaching of the Word or formal evangelism, although those are clear examples, but all Christian good works in a broader sense hallow His name, bring His kingdom, and manifest His will on earth. Therefore, I think they are heavenly treasures.

  10. I don’t think these are ‘to do’ things or that we are to figure out how to do each let alone do them properly .
    Jesus is following up the Beatitude and these are just more of what a Christian ‘be’. – not what a Christian does. I think this is why Jesus give not details.

    This must be tied to what was said prior – just look how we left Fasting – we have no idea how or why.

    Many times I think we take these more as Confucius say than Jesus says.

  11. Em ... again says:

    “Many times I think we take these more as Confucius say than Jesus says.”

    that could be the question of the month… wise saying of Jesus? God forgive us

  12. Owen says:

    Thanks, Jean – hope you didn’t think I was trying to snark with my #8. I was just musing.

    I think it’s very telling that Jesus followed up the “store up treasures in heaven” with verse 21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I often think of that sentence the other way around – wherever we decide our treasure is (the things that matter most to us), our heart will follow. (Where your heart is , there your treasure will be.)

    Like the good tree producing good fruit. The works become a by-product of where the heart is already set.

  13. Jean says:

    Owen,
    Not at all. I didn’t even know you had a snarky side. 🙂

    I’ve tried snark on this blog before, and it usually doesn’t go well for me. MLD seems to be the only one who gets away with it.

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