Does your compass point north? I Worship

By Pastor Don Saul | Oct 25, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: one of my favorite movies.  Jack Sparrow… excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow, had a compass.  It was an odd compass.  The needle moved all over the place.  Turns out, it didn’t point north; it pointed to the thing the owner desired most.  In Jack’s case, most of the time anyway, it pointed to treasure.  And treasure is what Jack sought.

There is all kinds of symbolism in this movie, especially for us Pastor-types.  A passage in the Bible comes to mind when I watch this movie.  It is in the Book of Matthew, verses 19-34.  Jesus Christ is speaking to a crowd of people and disciples. The key insight is verse 31: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Jack desired treasure.  That’s where his heart was; that’s where his focus was.  He wanted treasure more than anything else.  That was his goal.  So, instead of pointing north, the fixed, unchanging, unmovable certainty of a direction, the compass pointed to wherever Jack’s passion, lust, desire, drifted.

The verses surrounding 31 complete Christ’s teaching.  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”  In other words, don’t focus your time, energy, and money on the temporal things of the world; focus your attention on the condition of your eternal soul.

Jesus continued: “No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve both God and Money.”  He then taught about how God provides for the birds of the air and the lilies and the grass in the field.  They don’t labor, but their basic needs are met.  God knows your needs - before even you know them - and you are much more valuable to Him than they.  Jesus said, instead, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (verse 33)  Pursue God and go after His truth.  There is an absolute, to which everything in the universe unwaveringly points: Jesus Christ is Lord.  Seek Him; seek his direction, seek his correction, and seek his heart for you.  When you do that, the promises of Christ’s teaching will be realized: treasure in Heaven, and met needs on earth.  Isn’t that what we really want, anyway, deep, deep down, to have peace in our soul that our sins are erased by accepting Christ’s free gift of salvation?

There were a couple of times when Jack’s compass pointed somewhere he didn’t expect. He thought he wanted one thing, but something deep within him wanted something else… something more.  He shook the compass, but it did not waver.  Your soul wants more, too.  You certainly could run after what this world offers, but it doesn’t last and it just won’t satisfy that deep desire.  Only God can fill that place.

Jesus finished His teaching with this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Ahhh, nice.  Just focus on the eternal, and let God handle the rest.

One more thing as I close: a blessing on you and your family, one that the Apostle Paul prayed over the Christian Church in Rome.  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)  That is my prayer for you today.

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