Treasure Seekers

"Treasure your relationships, not your possessions." (Anthony J. D'Angelo) There are all kinds of treasures we 'seek', 'find', and 'maintain' in life, but the greatest treasure is that of relationship - first with God and then with others. We can never neglect the importance of each of these, for our very sanity and safety depend upon them!

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence. (Psalm 24:3-6)

Relationship with God actually brings us to a place in our lives where we are made 'right' in our daily walk. In other words, we have our sins erased, minds renewed, hearts made pure, and spirit energized by him. As a result, we are free to relate to one another in a way unlike any way we relate to each other apart from this renewed heart. All relationship that is devoid of God putting a life right with him is rather self-centered. Those with him at the center find their relationships with others richer and more meaningful.

We might assume we can 'get along' without Christ in control of our lives, but there is nothing that brings us closer together than Christ's love at the center of their lives. There is a drawing effect of Christ's grace in our lives that brings each of us into union with each other. A union that would otherwise be impossible when selfish ambition and misguided trust were at the helm in our lives. 

What do you treasure? Who is it you treasure most? When do you reveal what it is you treasure? Do you trust God to show you the way to love one another? These are questions we must ponder if we are to fully understand the depth and breadth of grace's work within our lives. Our 'treasure' begins to shift from what we can get to what we can give. We begin to treasure people above stuff. We find our 'focus' is not so much 'what's in it for me' any longer. We find 'anchor' in Christ, and we are secure in his love.

The more we treasure grace, the less we think about sin. The more we treasure God's love, the less we think about ourselves. The more we treasure each other, the more we fulfill God's plan for his children. Just sayin!

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