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Treasure

Posted on March 24th, 2015.

Bible teacher, Peter Lord, has challenged me through my spiritual journey.  Recently,  he was driving past a billboard advertising a Florida lottery for a $60 million  jackpot.  He sincerely prayed to God, “Lord, give the numbers, and I’ll give every penny to missions.” He admitted that he really believed God would give him the numbers.”  He received this answer from the Lord.

“If I thought gold could change the world, I would have sent gold instead of my Son.”

I was a tenth grader at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary kids in Kenya, when I heard about treasure from God’s viewpoint.

The cool evening breezes turned chilly the evening of the Junior-Senior banquet. The winds blew down the 7200′ Kenya Highlands on their way to the basin of the Great Rift Valley below our school on the rim.  The curtains gently moved and the candles flickered as my dad, the guest speaker, stood to challenge the students as they prepared to take their next step into life. These words were stamped on my heart:

“But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.”  Matthew 6:19

Classmates sat next to me that evening who did not know if their parents were dead or alive.  They had been evacuated in the middle of the night from our sister school, Rethy, a boarding school in the Congo for MKs. Congo was in civil turmoil and fighting for their independence from Belgium. Atrocities, murder and chaos filled the Congo.

Rift Valley Academy - Kijabe Kenya 1960

All communications were down so parents did not know that their children were safe in Kenya.  I began to think about the reason my parents and their parents had chosen this life of uncertainty.

I graduated form high school, went to college and then walked through a time of making choices that didn’t consider God.  But an emptiness that couldn’t be filled began to keep me awake at night.  I remembered what I had heard about true treasure that night so long ago. I knew the treasure I was putting in my heart was empty. The contrast of my parents choices to mine clearly showed opposing thoughts about treasure. It wasn’t long before I returned to my call and began the journey investing treasure  like Jesus told his disciples to do.

Jesus says that  the gold and treasure of earth would never accomplish what only He can do.  The only thing we can take to heaven with us are the people who accept Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

This is why Joel and I chose to do what we are doing in Tanzania. This is the reason you have chosen the way of the Cross.  To the world it is foolishness but to God it is wise.

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness shall give forth light like the stars forever and ever.  Daniel 12:13

 


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