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by Julia Townsend
Where Your Treasure Is
“For where your treasure is, there will None of us has been promised
your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). tomorrow. We need to make certain
today that we have the treasure God
M
OST OF US TREASURE offers—salvation through the holy,
our relationships with sanctifying blood of His Son: “God
family and friends. hath given to us eternal life, and this
We hope to leave our life is in his Son. He that hath the Son
loved ones with more than just things. hath life; and he that hath not the Son
We hope to leave them rock-solid val- of God hath not life” (1 John 5: l0-12).
ues to stand on long after we’re gone. The apostle Peter said, “Repent, and
My young granddaughters were be baptized every one of you in the
curious about the deceased relatives name of Jesus Christ for the remission
who passed to me some old jewelry that grandchildren are inexpensive. But I hope of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
will someday be passed on to them. They to teach them that this life’s finest trea- Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). What a miracle
were also curious about a pair of hand- sure is not one we relinquish when we die it is to be forgiven and be indwelt by
crafted treasure boxes my art-teacher even though we give it away continually God’s Spirit! If you already have God’s
friend, Jennifer, fashioned for me from to those we love. For I have another Spirit living within the treasure box of
century-old Victorian postcards and Friend. His name is Jesus. While I was yet your heart, rejoice and tell the world
imported paper on which she painstak- a sinner, He considered me a treasure about the Savior! But if your heart’s trea-
ingly inscribed my name in calligraphy. worth dying for. Jesus not only offered sure box is empty, or junked up with use-
I told my granddaughters about the His blood for me—His holy blood—but less “stuff,” then what are you waiting
first time I was scheduled to donate to He willingly suffered and died on the for? A tomorrow that may not come?
our school employees’ blood bank. Jen- cross for my sins so that He could inscribe “I am the way, the truth, and the
nifer drove me to the donation site—and my name in His Lamb’s Book of Life. life,” Jesus said. “No man cometh unto
then offered to donate in my stead if I Jesus Christ, who conquered death the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
should be unable to give. But her offer to and who lives again in heaven, is my true Run to Jesus. Don’t risk leaving this
give blood proved unnecessary. Stories of treasure, “the gem beyond price” within world without Him.
my thoughtful friend are something I can my heart. He is the treasure I most gladly
share with my granddaughters now. share not only with those I love, but also Julia Townsend writes of her Treasure from
The objects I will leave behind for my with anyone who will listen. Germantown, Ohio.
THE
Acknowledge you have sinned
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”
KEYS TO
(1 John 1:8).* “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
ETERNAL
Believe in Jesus
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “For God so
LIFE
loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
CHRIST PAID for our Confess and renounce your sin
salvation with His death
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that
on the cross, but for us
God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If we confess
to accept this gift is as our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
simple as using these
unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
keys to unlock the door: *Scriptures are from the New International Version.
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