Let’s All Be General Store Managers

 S:  He responded, “Every scholar of the Scriptures, who is instructed in the ways of heaven’s kingdom realm, is like a wealthy home owner with his house filled with treasures both new and old. And he knows how and when to bring them out to show others.” Matthew 13:52 (TPT)

He said, “Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it. (MSG)

O: From the footnotes in the Passion Translation: These “new treasures” speak of new insights and understandings that are revealed at the proper time. The “old treasures” speak of truths that have been established, founded upon what God has already revealed. Teachers are to bring forth the revelation of God and his word as treasures to the people. We need both new and old insights.

A: Your Word never changes, nor do Your foundational truths. When I continue to read and study Your Word, You give me new insight and deeper understanding. I am always amazed when You show me something “new” and then You cross my path with another person who needed to hear exactly what You revealed to me.

This is why community is so important! This is why I love this SOAP group so much. It often feels like a “swap meet” – each of us swapping our treasures with each other, but never losing what we have and always gaining more! I can’t help but think maybe this must have been what it felt like in the early church: meeting in homes, praying together, and studying the Scriptures and sharing our revelations.

P: Lord, I want us all to be like general store owners! I want each of us filled with treasures and able to share all of what we have from You with others! This heavenly wisdom is far more valuable than anything else I own. Thank You for revealing Your ways to me. I love You, Holy Trinity!  

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