Monday, July 16, 2007

Where your treasure is

Take your seat in the new Wembley stadium. For a few moments start to count the 90,000 seasts. Take in the architecture. Marvel at the engineering that created the 315 metre long arch, it's 70 tonne hinges. An icon for the 21st century visible 13 miles away at Canary Wharf. All of it infamous for it's missed delays and record-setting budget. Today though it matters less how long it took to build and at what cost. What really matters is what will happens on the lush grass below. It's those 7000 square metres and the 22 players running around on it that matter. Might we miss the game for the sweeping structure.

And now welcome to God's stadium. It's the greatest thing ever made. The everything ever made. Central to our experience, planet earth though this is only the tiniest fraction of it. All of it entrusted to us, to rule and subdue and enjoy with thanksgiving. Look around, enjoy the view. And then see the makers fingerprints. Hear his description of it.

...and then something seems to go wrong. We find ourselves like rabbits in the headlights of creation. Messing around in the dust when our maker is calling out to us. He speaks extensively to the issue of what we do with this world. Teaching about money and possessions is all over the pages of scripture. Cut out all the references to the subject and you're left with rags. If repetition means anything we ought to imagine it signals that we should give it some attention.

The way our hearts relate to this world tests their temperature. God's world seems to be an expert physician, diagnosing the rot and pointing us to something better. Stepping into that world, Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter with characteristic clarity:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)
It seems that Jesus is deeply concerned for our hearts, and so we must take care about what we treasure. His word sees deep into our thoughts and intentions, exposing who we really are. He poses questions that we cannot and dare not avoid. What should I treasure? How do I do that? What will the story of my lifes look like on the pages of God's world

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