Treasured Possessions

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31 July, 2022Pastor Andrew Brook

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What’s your most treasured possession? Your house, a car, a piece of art or jewellery? A family heirloom? We have so much, and the temptation we face is to invest the things we have with ultimate meaning. When we do this, we forget the God who has blessed us with all that we have, and we forget those whom God has called us to love. We are God’s treasured possession, through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. This releases the hold of all the other ‘treasures’ we have, and we can treat them as gifts from God to be shared in love with others. 

Luke 12:13-21 - 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ 14 Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’ 15 Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’ 16 And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.” 18 ‘Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’” 20 ‘But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” 21 ‘This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich towards God.’ 

Colossians 3:1-2 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

  • What is your most treasured possession? Why have you placed such a high value on it?
  • What are some of the ways that you've placed your trust in the things you own?
  • What does it mean to you to be God's treasured possession through Christ?
  • How is God calling you to live in community and to share out of of your abundance with others?

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