‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’
Sermon on Luke
12:32-40: “God will lead us into new and exciting adventures filled with
excerpts from a sermon delivered by Pastor Kristi Beebe during a capital
fund campaign at Nativity Lutheran Church in Commerce City, Colorado:
The three texts
for the day were: Genesis 15:1-6, God promises Abraham and Sarah children;
Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16, Abraham and Sarah, examples of faith; and Luke
12:32-40, "Have no fear little flock ... for where your treasure is there
also will be your heart."
marvelous coincidence it is to have these particular biblical texts as our
lessons for the day. We are just winding down our month-long capital fund
campaign for the building program ... which has been filled with excellent
Bible studies; a variety of cottage meetings; sharing our stewardship and
faith stories with one another; being given the opportunity to make a
pledge to the building fund; as well as the celebration event this
Look at these
texts: they relate so closely to what we are presently in the midst of
doing here at Nativity - taking a step of faith to go out and continue our
ministry in another location. In our first lesson, we see Abraham and
Sarah's faith in God's promise that Sarah will bear a child, even in her
old age. In the second lesson, we hear of Abraham and Sarah leaving
everything they have to travel to where God is calling them to go to a new
And then we
arrive at the Gospel for the day, the familiar "treasure text" where Jesus
tells people to lay up their treasures in heaven, not on this earth and
then saying as a preface, "Have no fear little flock, for the Father has
chosen to give you the kingdom."
explanation I can give for these texts being the lectionary for today is
the Holy Spirit at work!
familiar with the stories about pirates who buried their treasures on an
island for safekeeping. Well, much in the same way, we have treasures too,
even hidden treasures.
then opened a treasure chest that had been placed next to the pulpit and
removed various items -- a picture of her husband and best friend, Pastor
Scott Beebe; pictures of other family members; the church directory which
represented each member; gifts she had received; airline tickets for a
vacation trip; and her checkbook and money market account.)
Yes, these are
a few of my treasures. You probably would include similar items.
"Sell your possessions and give to charity. Provide for yourselves purses
that do not wear out, and never failing treasure in heaven, where no thief
can get near it, no moth destroy it. For where your treasure is, there
also will be your heart."
difficult one, isn't it?
Yet, Jesus says
these earthly items and even earthly relationships are not what are
ultimately important. Abraham and Sarah left everything to go to a new
place and begin a new journey.
In our lives we
want to desperately hold on to what we have -- people, relationships,
material possessions, power, prestige, and even money. And we don't want
anyone else to tell us what to do with any of them.
We tend to
think they are ours to have and to hold from this time forth and forever
more. But these are only temporary.
This was never
so true to me as when I rolled my Dad's car 10 years ago and fractured
two vertebrae in my neck. I realized at the time just how precious every
day of life really is.
Or when I came
home from working here at church this past spring walked into the house
and turned the oven on to prepare for baking a frozen pizza. A few minutes
later I began to smell something burning. I was confused for I had not yet
put the pizza in the oven. I ran downstairs and saw smoke coming out of
the oven. It seems our painter had put a stack of pictures and negatives
(the only ones from my grandmother's 90th birthday party) in the oven to
get them out of his way, and had forgotten to take them out. All of them
things are only temporary ... as much as we want them to be otherwise.
campaign, each of us have been encouraged to pray about our response to
God's love and grace as we decide what to pledge.
I have made my
pledge - I am taking money from my money market as an initial gift and
making a monthly pledge that I will take from my paycheck.
But even today,
as I give it more thought, I am planning to retrieve my pledge card and
increase my pledge.
For as I look
back upon my life, whenever I have given back to the Lord, I have been
greatly blessed in return.
When we trust
in God, and when we decide to let go of our earthly treasures and give
first to God's work, God leads us into new and exciting adventures filled
with the spiritual treasures that are vital for eternity.
With faith we
travel into God's plan for our future.
Look at Abraham
and Sarah. They had no clue where they were going, but they left all
behind and trusted God to lead them - and God did!
With faith we
too move forward — relinquishing our hold on earthly possessions and
clinging instead to the heavenly treasure — keeping Christ first and
foremost in our hearts, minds, words and deeds.
Let us open our
heavenly treasure chest and find regular worship experiences, Bible
studies, singing, praying and praising God. Let these be your important
© Copyright 1996, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
This essay first appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of Faith
in Action. Articles in Faith in Action may be reproduced for use in ELCA
and ELCIC congregations provided each copy carries the note:
Copyright 1996, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Reprinted with permission.
The Rev. Kristi Beebe is still pastor at Nativity Lutheran in Commerce