Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? Or have you watched movies of those who seek for treasure? How about having your very own ‘treasure box’ with some of your most treasured trinkets inside? We probably all have heard about or watched a topic on treasure! So now, I’d like to ask you, “Where does YOUR treasure lie?” For me, I have found all too often, I am storing up little treasures on this earth. Not big things, mind you, but small treasures such as that perfect pair of shoes, a new and smarter phone, a really awesome looking purse I don’t really need, (but goes well with those new shoes) earrings I can’t do without, (yeah, right) and on and on it goes. Others may have bigger treasures, such as the newest car, a fancy house, or a large bank account. It’s not that having these things are wrong. Having them is perfectly fine, IF they are not our top priority. Also it should not be causing us to covet or creating financial stress.
I now need to ask myself, “Am I laying up treasures in heaven? Am I seeking to follow Christ and give Him all I have, first and foremost, before anything else?” When thinking about this, I am reminded of this verse, which many are familiar with-
“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.” Mathew 6:19
That last statement says it all! “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Think about it. How true it is, that wherever we store up the things we love most, is exactly where our heart lies! I do not want to have my heart tied to this world or anything it has to offer. Though I may enjoy the ‘gifts’ we are given, (Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. James 1:17) I, above all else, want Christ to have my heart, and He will only have that if He is where I find my treasure. For those who have called on His name, repented and received the gift of eternal life through Christ, my prayer is we stay focused on what really matters; not the temporary things of this world that do not last, but rather cling to Jesus, who has saved us, redeemed us, and promised us all the eternal treasures of heaven! “Lord, help me find my ‘treasure’ in you. Nothing in this world could possibly give me the joy that comes only from intimately knowing you. I love you and I need you. You are my greatest treasure. Amen.”