Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities
Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible.
Running out of time is a “game over” moment… you can’t put any time back, not even a nano second.
- We can waste time with our children by not using the opportunities we have to teach them and build relationships with them.
- We can waste time with the lost by not getting involved in their problems.
- We can waste time with each other.
- We can waste time with Jesus by not saying yes to him and by not spending the time to get to know him, by getting involved in unfruitful works of darkness.
The challenge here is to use our time and opportunities wisely.
Leon Yoder – The Treasure is Jesus
Matthew 13:44-46 – The treasure is Jesus. The chances of finding a treasure in a field would seem kind of remote, it was hidden so that it couldn’t be found. Is Christ hidden? The treasure isn’t set up like a monument that cannot be missed, it isn’t a huge edifice that cannot be missed.
Jesus is a treasure that can be missed. Paul told the people on Mars Hill that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they should grope for him and find him, even though he isn’t far from any of us.
The difficulty for us isn’t how far Christ is from us… but how far we are from Christ.
How many people saw Jesus even while he was on earth and didn’t recognize the treasure that was right there among them?
John 1:35 – There were people who found Jesus and recognized him as the treasure that he was/is.
Through history we see a lot of examples of people finding the treasure of Jesus and having their lives transformed.