An Incredible Investor
Where do you put your treasure?
Welcome to the Light Of Christ weekly podcast. Light Of Christ Anglican Church is located in Georgetown, Texas, at MLK and University Avenue. We are a modern expression of the ancient faith. You can learn more about us at lightofchristgeorgetown.org
Our sermon soundbite today comes from Luke, chapter 12, verses 32 through 34. Jesus says to his disciples, "Fear not, little flock. For it is your father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with money bags that do not grow old with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Where should I put my treasure? Where should you put your treasure? Well, I'd like to ask the question, where does God locate his treasure? Because imagine if I told you that there was an investor out there who did incredible on his investments. He had the inside scoop on literally everything. His investments always win in the long term. Never fail. What would you do if you found an investor like that in the stock market? You'd follow him, right? You'd become his disciple, wouldn't you? You would do everything he did.
So how does God invest? How does God invest? Notice what Jesus says in verse 32, "Fear not, little flock. For it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." You. Where does God locate his treasure? In you. In people. Who does he serve, as we serve our treasure? Matthew 20, Jesus tells us, "But I did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Who's his treasure? Well, who does he keep safe? John 10 says, "I give eternal life and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand." And whom does he mourn the loss of? I think of Luke 19, just a few chapters from now. Jesus is going to go up to Jerusalem, and he's going to weep, because they're about to reject him. He mourns every time we turn and choose sin instead of turning to him. You are his treasure.
And so because God invests in people and God locates his treasure in people, we are commanded to do the same. Verse 33, "Sell your possessions and give to the needy." Invest in people. I think of what Saint Irenaeus says, "The glory of God is man fully alive."
Spiritual investment, heavenly investment, is investing in people, to have our treasure located in seeing others become fully alive.
Thank you for listening to the Light Of Christ weekly podcast. Let us end our time together with a prayer from the book of common prayer.
This post-communion prayer can be found on page 137. Notice how the treasure that God gives us changes where we locate our treasure.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of your son, our savior, Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the body of your son and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord, to him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit: The honor and glory now and forever. Amen.