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The Treasure (4 of 4)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Matt. 13:44 (NIV)
• Matt. 6:19-21 (NIV)
REAL TREASURE IS FOUND IN GIVING
1. Giving shifts my focus from temporary trinkets to eternal treasure
2. Giving breaks the grip of materialism on my life
Happy Anniversary! Isn't this exciting? If you are a guest with us today we are really glad you are here, but I do want you to know that this is going to be a little bit different service than a normal Fellowship of The Woodlands service. We are especially glad that you are here, but this is our 13th Anniversary celebration as a church. We are 13. We're a teenager. It's hard to believe. We are also giving our Generations' Building Campaign gifts so that we can build our Children's Building, Family Life Center, Chapel in the Woods which will affect thousands of lives for generations to come. This is a day that we have been praying for, planning for and looking forward to for several weeks now. What an exciting 13th anniversary it's been this weekend. It's also the conclusion of our series that we have been in the last several weeks that I'm calling Generations, How to Live a Life that will Outlast you. Today we are looking at an obscure parable that Jesus told which has a treasure trove of insight. Just imagine with me - a weary traveler walking along hot, dusty roads. He's worn out, he's a little bit discouraged, but he still has a long way to go to get into town. He takes a short cut across a field and as he is walking across that field his walking stick hits something. He looks down. It's not a rock and he hits it again and there's another thud. He gets down on his hands and knees and he begins to wipe away the dirt and there is wood. His heart begins to race and he begins to dig as fast as he can and he unearths a treasure chest. His heart is racing, his mind is swirling, he opens up the chest and he finds precious jewels, beautiful jewels. Coins, priceless treasure, unimaginable treasure and then he realizes it must have been buried for hundreds of years and whoever owns this treasure has long since passed away. The secret of where the treasure was located was buried with him. Then he closes the treasure up, puts it back in the ground, covers it up and he marks it and he walks off. But from that moment on this weary traveler will never be the same. His whole life is changed by this paradigm shift that he has just experienced because he has a skip in his step, he has a new purpose for living, everything in his life now revolves around the treasure and he thinks, I've got to have this treasure. But he says I can't just take it; that would be stealing. I know what I'll do. I'll go buy the field from whoever owns this field and whoever owns the field, owns the treasure.