I've been coming to this same one every day this week to work on a questionnaire for a church I'm interviewing with. Even though this has only happened for three days in a row, I've already developed a routine. Here's how it goes: Arrive around 9am. Order my drink. (Grande Soy Toffee Nut Triple Shot Latte) Find a table and sit down. Do my morning devotional.
After that, I get to the questionnaire. But, you know, first thing's first.
Right now, my devotion includes two things: First is a Bible reading plan from youversion.com. After that, I read a devotional guide from my church.
This morning, in that devotional guide, I was reminded of something that God has been speaking to me about for the past few months.
This morning's reading was from Matthew 6:19-24. Here, Jesus is talking about working hard to acquire material possessions vs. spending your time investing in the Kingdom of God. He sums it up by comparing the things we work for to treasure, and reminding us that material (he calls it earthly) treasure will one day be destroyed (by moths, or rust, or your friend's toddler that they bring over to your place when they visit), but heavenly treasure (things we do that show love to God or others) will last for eternity. Then, in the end, he hits you with this: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Flashback (insert HIMYM WHOOOSH sound effect here) to 2011.
I remember teaching on the two shortest parables that Jesus taught. They're found in Matthew 13:44-45. In the first of the two, Jesus says "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." Here, Christ is speaking to the cost of following Him. Basically, it's costs everything. But it's a wonderfully profitable deal. You give all you have (which is relatively little) and gain what Jesus calls "full" life. And the best part is that this full life is really what our lives are supposed to be. What he designed us for. Life with Him. (And this life doesn't stop at death. It keeps going on for eternity.)
Flash forward to June of this year.
As I was sitting in my office one afternoon, I decided that I needed some new work tunes. I cranked up Spotify and turned on some Jon Foreman. One of his songs came up and spoke to me in a very strong way. I'm just going to put it right here in case you need a soundtrack to this post.
Out of that entire song, one line has stuck in my head for months:
"The kingdom of the heavens is buried treasure. Will you sell yourself to buy the one you've found?"
That lyric, an echo of those two verses (Matthew 6:21 and 13:44), has become a question that drives me. Will I sell myself (the things I care about, the dreams I have, the castles I've built, the hopes I've rested in apart from Him) to gain something infinitely more valuable: a right relationship with a God who loves me, who cares for me, who gave His Son to die for my sins so that I could be made right and have the ability to approach Him.
Now that's what I call a deal.
What treasure are you working for? What are you selling yourself for?