I Missed The Conference
Red face. Swollen brow. My left eye was nearly swollen shut. It was somewhat difficult to breath. The headache was paralyzing. “You look terrible.” My doctor said to me Monday morning. I appreciate it when my medical doctors are straight up with me. “Take this medicine and you will be better in 3-4 days.” I would rather be “better” in 20 minutes, but I was grateful.
That night was our Mission Conference. I fought through the pain the previous day or two, but after several nights of not sleeping well and with the eye still swollen and headache still pounding, I knew I was a “no go” for the conference.
I do not recall ever missing one of our church missions conference. Never. Ever. Even as a young person, it was a priority in our home to be at every church service and every church event. Our parents were faithful to see us be involved in church.
Missions conference holds many special memories in my mind as a young person. The kid’s conferences, meeting the missionaries from around the world, and seeing the pastor call “all those willing to serve as missionaries” to come to the front so we could have a word of prayer.
As I have been reflecting on the message I heard Dr. Scott Caudill deliver on Tuesday night (I was well enough to attend) I began thinking of a verse he referenced, Matthew 6:21, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Of course, the context of what Jesus is speaking is dealing with money and stuff. It applies to our time and talent as well.
Because my parents placed their treasure in the things of God; church, missions conference, youth group, etc. they made sure that their sons were at these events and services. Ball games, piano practice, art class, overtime at work, and other stuff (even school) were not more important than the church stuff. This made a difference in my life. Their “Treasure” eventually was where their heart (and where my heart also) ended up – invested in the things of God.
Check out this verse again, “Where your treasure is…” Before the heart is moved, the treasure is already in it’s place. The heart catches up to where the treasure is. It does not say “Love God with your heart and then your treasure will be at the right place.”
No, Jesus is saying, “Put your treasure in the right place and then your heart will be in the right place.” There is a big difference in this approach.
Where is your treasure today? I can’t believe I missed a mission conference service! I feel like the sickness “Providentially Hindered” me from attending on Monday. That said, most of the time, when my treasure is not in the right place it is my personal choices and my own decisions that hinder me. Believe me, I know we can’t be at everything the church offers, but shouldn’t I make an attempt? At least for the Mission of the Gospel? We have no reason for living were it not for the Gospel. I don’t expect everyone to be at everything. But what about your treasure? Where is it today? When you find your treasure – you will find where your heart truly is.
Be encouraged today to put your treasure in the right place. Only then will your heart be in the right place.