Thursday, October 14, 2010
Living Proof Live will forever be a treasure to me!
Beth taught out of Luke 2:19 a familiar verse that we all know and love, "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." She asked us what it means to 'treasure something up'? She provided the Greek definition 'syntereo' which means 'to hold or treasure up in one's memory; to guard, keep, to preserve, to keep safe, to keep close.'
I love when Beth said, "God is intimately involved in our life, and shows Himself in these treasures, not always in the obvious." She provided 8 statements about the lost art of treasuring and I would love to share them with you here.
1. There are treasures out there. She said, "We are so overstimulated in our culture; we want to be amazed. God never amazes us for amazement sake; being amazed doesn't change us. He wants us to treasure stuff."
2. They're not my treasures until they make it past my defenses. She said, "Whatever we treasure we have an emotional attachment to" see Matthew 6:19 "anything we treasure has the potential to rust."
3. Treasures strung together can bring healing.
4. Most people will miss the treasure entirely. "You have to have an open heart to receive the treasures."
5. The fine art of treasuring got lost in the same trash as our time. "Treasuring takes time." O U C H!
6. Where there is one treasure, there could be many. Matthew 13:44 "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."
7. We'll minimize our treasure if we look past the hardship and pain. Isaiah 45:3 "I will give you the treasures in darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name." She went on to say that in God's economy it is "falling and rising" not rising and falling (see Luke 2:34) and night and day not day and night. That was profound to me. She asked, "what has God enabled you to do that you literally can't do on your own? That is a treasure." She also said, "all it takes to treasure something is to store it up; which means that we could be storing up bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, resentment, addiction, lust, covetousness, etc." She encouraged us to, "deal with our toxic treasures and make room for the Divine treasures."
8. When you feel like you've lost the treasure, look for Jesus. Colossians 2:3 "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge ."
Travis Cottrell led us in beautiful praise and worship. I was sick as a dog, but still made a joyful noise to the LORD. :)
PS You might be wondering why it took me so long to do a recap post 13 days later? Well, Beth told us "Eat it, before you TWEET it!" HA HA HA