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Ninjas or Pirates?

Last Wednesday night (June 25th) in the YouthRoom, I taught on the awesome parable of the hidden treasure.

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field , which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” -Matthew 13:44

I asked, which do you prefer Ninjas or Pirates? Overwhelmingly the majority chose ninjas. There is some recent craze with Ninjas. It could be the hilarious jokes about Chuck Norris. It could be the explosion of new Ninja TV shows like Ninja Warrior. Or it could be that the TMNT (turtles) are more influential than we realize. Either way, youth like ninjas more than pirates.

From there, I explained that I prefer Pirates. I went on to say that Pirates always have two common characteristics. 1) They always say “RRRrrrr” and 2) They are always searching for treasure.

I then moved on to preaching. We too are searching for treasure…and the Kingdom of heaven is that treasure. I explained the Kingdom of heaven as the kingdom of God, in other words having Jesus as King over you.

I challenge the youth to treasure Jesus. May we not come to Him lightly and half-heartedly, but instead may we count the cost, go and do whatever we must so that we will be sure to get that treasure…King Jesus.

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