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Luke 12:32-40

Where is the Treasure?

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Luke 12:32-40
Where Is the Treasure?

By Lois Parker Edstrom

See suggestion for treasure hunt mentioned in lesson.

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Pirate ships

Do you ever read stories about dragons, those make-believe creatures that live in caves? The story is usually about how dragons guard their treasure of gold and jewels, breathing smoke and fire out of their mouths and noses if anyone tries to take their treasure.

Perhaps you have read stories about pirates who sailed the seas long ago and captured treasure such as gold and silver from other ships. They hid their treasure chests on islands. Then they drew maps to where the treasure was hidden so they could find it when they returned.

Maybe you have gone on a treasure hunt? It’s a fun party game. Someone hides objects around the house or yard and then writes directions on pieces of paper. The treasure hunters must figure out, from the written clues, where the treasure is hidden. (If time and situation permits, allow the children to do this on a limited basis.)

A lot of time and effort can go into finding treasure and if we think about it a bit more we will discover that there are many kinds of treasure. The dictionary says a treasure is “any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized.”

And, Jesus tells us that “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (12:34).

When we store up treasure we should gather something that is really important. Love is a treasure. The Bible tells us that love is the greatest of all treasures. We don’t have to hunt for love. It is inside of us at all times. We don’t have to hide love or guard it. Love is meant to be shared with others. We give love and we also receive love that comes to us from our parents, grandparents, and friends.

Keep love in your heart. It is your greatest treasure.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan