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"For we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not of ourselves."

GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD
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Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.


GOSPEL MEDITATION 8 :
Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."


1.   Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.   Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.   Say the Lord's Prayer.

4.   Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer

5.   Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

6.   Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

7.    Reread it.

8.    From memory, determine the central points.

9.   Context of the passage: From the Sermon on the Mount, this is the first of two "do nots." Again, Jesus goes to the heart of human concerns—what is of prime importance in our lives.

10. Jesus knew what usually happens to our wealth—it vanishes, is wasted, stolen, and lost.

11. Jesus knew if our focus was on "treasures" we would become miserable and miss the point of our living.

12. Where the heart is—this is what we will love.

13. Here Jesus likely echoes the great commandment, which is to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength.

14. Build wealth then in heaven, where the Father is and where we will abide with Him forever and ever.

15. In the light of eternity before God, Coram Deo, what Jesus says here must be said or we would be completely misled and thus miss that which is ultimate.

16. Take a moment now to examine where your heart is and do not be afraid to ask yourself where your treasure is.

17. Being quiet now, seek God in the secret places.                        


  1. Read and use the whole series:

  2. Gospel Meditation #1: 1 Timothy 6:11-16

  3. Gospel Meditation #2: Psalm 121

  4. Gospel Meditation #3: Joel 2:28-29

  5. Gospel Meditation #4: Luke 11:1

  6. Gospel Meditation #5: John 14:21

  7. Gospel Meditation #6: Acts 2:42 & 4:23-30

  8. Gospel Meditation #7: Joel 2:12-13a

 

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Last Update: 2013-05-29 11:35