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What Are You in It For?

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The Savior’s Sermon (Part 2)

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19–21

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There are many reasons why people decide to become teachers. Many choose to become teachers because of a love of children. Kids bring joy into our lives, and getting to spend all day leading and guiding little ones is a really rewarding career. Others choose to teach because of their commitment to helping youth create a better future for themselves and others. Knowing that children are the leaders of tomorrow, we desire to prepare them with the knowledge and skill they need to make a difference. Still, others choose to become teachers because it’s simply what they felt was right for them. The different skills and interests they’ve been given by God led them to feel called to teach.

Whatever your reasoning is, you’re probably not in this for the money. While teaching is a very rewarding profession, it’s not going to make the top ten for highest grossing careers any time soon. Having said that, even teachers need to be reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19–24. In this passage, Jesus teaches us not to lay up treasures on earth, but in heaven.

Whether we are rich or poor, every person can fall into the temptation of laying up treasures on earth. Maybe your “treasure” is jewelry, or shoes. New technology, cars, and even antiques fit into the “earthly treasure” spectrum as well. Earthly treasure seems nice to have because it increases our entertainment, our efficiency, our confidence, and so on. While having these things is nice and sometimes beneficial, we do need to remember that they are temporary. Heavenly treasures, in contrast, are eternal.

As teachers, we have many opportunities to lay up treasures in heaven and also to teach our students to do the same. We can model this by serving others in need and giving our time to help others. Most important, we remember Jesus, who, rather than laying up any earthly treasures, gave all to save us. When we know that Christ gave His all to serve us and to save us from our sins, we can be eager to serve as well.


 

Question

Questions:

Why did you decide to become a teacher? Have your reasons changed?

How does teaching present opportunities to lay up treasures in heaven?

Prayer

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for all that You have blessed us with in this life. Thank You for providing us with our daily bread and for giving us our friends and family. Help us to remember that it is not earthly treasures but heavenly treasures that really matter. Thank You most of all for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who gave all He had to give us the gift of salvation and eternal life with You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

 

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