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Term 3 Week 4

“Don’t fear, little flock. Your Father wants to give you the kingdom. Sell the things you have and give to the poor. Get for yourselves purses that don’t wear out. Get the treasure in heaven that never runs out. Thieves can’t steal it in heaven, and moths can’t destroy it. Your heart will be where your treasure is.” – Luke 12:32-34

The students of Sunshine Christian School know well that I am a fan of pirates. To be more specific, I appreciate the kind of pirate like Captain Feathersword from ‘The Wiggles’, rather than the pillaging and stealing kind! As a child I was enchanted by the pirate spirit.

Pirates were bands of people belonging to no particular tribe, country or region. Their one purpose was to come together in groups to seek treasure. Of course the problem was that their treasure was found in gold…and many other pirates would be seeking to do the same. Stories of pirates stealing from each other abound.

The adults in our community know well how easily money comes and goes. A gift of money from a relative so often disappears as our car breaks down, we receive an unexpected speeding fine or the children need a new pair of shoes. Money always goes – it is easily worn out. This is why Jesus encourages us in the reading above to store up heavenly treasure, a treasure which cannot be worn out. Pirates had a great opportunity to achieve something wonderful… were they not so selfish and so focused on earthly riches.

I like to think of Christians as being like pirates. We too come together from different languages, cultures and nationalities. Christ unites us together on the same ship and on the same mission. We are united in seeking to give praise to God for the treasure of eternal life which he has given us. Yet while the original pirates wanted to keep this treasure for themselves, we wish to share this treasure with the world.

The love God has for us is indeed a great treasure and this week let us seek to share the Good News of this treasure with others.

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Term 2 Week 11

“A man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”… Jesus [said] to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  – Luke 9:51-62

Last year our school was chosen to form a partnership with the University of Melbourne in order to continue improving our teaching and learning at Sunshine Christian School. Many of the people who work with us as part of this project encourage us, much like Jesus, ‘to not look back after putting hand to plow’. We have set big goals for our teaching and learning and we have to stay on course to achieve these goals, no matter what the obstacles are.

Taking on big projects in life brings challenges and we know that few worthwhile things in life come without struggle. Having children, purchasing a house, building a church community, improving the way an organisation operates – all of these things require great planning and diligence, but most of all they require resolute commitment to seeing things through.

Among the many tasks that the Father calls us to, there are none more important than proclaiming the kingdom of God. Yet, there are always barriers to doing this. It is very easy to get caught up in our own plans, dreams and desires, and forget what God calls us to do.

Jesus saw proclaiming the Kingdom of God as “to proclaim good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke)

In a world that continues to be hit with floods, fire, fear and unrest, what better message can the people of God proclaim than this: “God is with us. God cares for us. God designed us to work together in the love demonstrated by our brother and saviour Jesus.”

Let us not get so caught up in other tasks that we neglect to declare the love of God to all who cross our paths.

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