I really don’t care much for FaceBook! This may seem surprising for many of you, given my presence on the social medium. The fact is FaceBook is my mission field. Like other mission fields, it is full of the things that the one sent to it my find repulsive and repugnant. But for the time being, this is where my treasure is; it is where my mission leads me.
I’ve always loved this Irish Proverb. There are many I appreciate but this one really is so very true; it’s even scriptural as well. Jesus had his own version of this proverb may years before Celtic people carved this one out…
Matthew 6:21 (CSB)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Initially, years ago I joined FaceBook because it seemed like an effective way to communicate with family, friends and catch up with people that I’ve known throughout my years that I’d lost track of. Social media was a good thing at first blush. As time went on, I realized it was fast becoming a cesspool of bickering, risqué exhibitions, untruth, and self-promotion.
At one point I was ready to pull the plug on FaceBook but didn’t because there were several that I would really didn’t want to lose contact with. FaceBook was the only vehicle that maintained those contact.
I started sharing scripture passages that meant something to me that I found in my daily quite time. These devotionals started out sporadic but quickly became a priority of every morning I treasure.
‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be’ and my treasure the Word of God lead me to my devotions, those devotions lead me to my mission field; FaceBook.
Not What This Is About
This article isn’t about FaceBook or even Lord guiding me to share scripture online. The reason for it has to do with what our treasure is.
Treasure is where our heart is, and the Irish Blessings says our feet lead us to where our heart is. While a blessing of Irish folklore doesn’t carry the weight of God’s Word, the wisdom of the proverb fits. So, if our actions (feet) lead us to where we perceive as our treasure resides, then understanding what we treasure, tells us much about where we place our priorities.
This article is for us to consider exactly that; where is our treasure and where should the treasure of the forgiven reside. Our heart points the way to our treasure. Let’s take a walk.
First let’s back up a few verses from where our opening verse is quoted in Matthew.
Matthew 6:19-20 (CSB)
“Don’t 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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.
Jesus who says, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be’ prior to telling us that we are wasting our time storing up treasures here in this life. The cars, homes, cloths, jewelry, activities, toys and trappings all are futile temporary things that decay, are lost over time, and ultimately are left behind when we come to the end of life’s journey.
Luke 12:20 (CSB)
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared — whose will they be? ’
Just as with the parable of the man who boasted that he would tear down his old barns and erect bigger better ones to store all his wealth in; the problem with personal affluence is that it doesn’t last and doesn’t go with you.
How much more beneficial it is to store up our treasure where our ultimate destination is and we should pursue it with all the energy and vigor that we can bring to the front.
Matthew 13:44 (CSB)
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.”
It’s so easy to disregard this passage. Maybe it is because the circumstance seems so unlikely, but maybe it is more like that we don’t like the level of commitment involved. What was that? Discovers treasure in a field. Goes out a liquidated everything he has. Then buys that field to be able to secure that treasure.
The greatest treasure we could ever hope to secure is that treasured gift of the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, appropriate application of this passage has nothing to do with a field or an earthly treasure. What it is telling us is that we have come upon the most precious of all treasures; Salvation and the Grace and Love by which it was purchased. The only reasonable behavior is to ‘divest’ ourselves from anything worldly and ‘invest’ in everything God tells us to buy into. It is simply the best ‘Heaven’s sky is Blue’ chip stock we can acquire, to invest in the kingdom of heaven.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (CSB)
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.
Probably if we’d taken a little quiz at the beginning of this and asked you to list the 5 top heavenly treasures you could identify; The Word would have fallen consistently in the top three without any prompting from me or the scriptures. Most of us realize the treasure given us in the scripture contained in The Word of God. But are you fully vested in it? Are you all in? Do you take the contents of the scripture seriously and in the fashion, it is intended? Or are you extending ‘Ya buts’ to deflect the conviction of the Holy Spirit from the Word of God?
Thou shall have no other God’s before me – Ya but, this body is only flesh and I could never be as perfect as God would have me be.
Love your neighbor as yourself – Ya but, my neighbors are real jerks! Really God, they are!
Love your enemies – Ya but, you surely are not serious about this.
Forgive others as you forgive me – Ya but, Lord! What they did is so terrible surely you wouldn’t forgive that!
The more you immerse yourself in the Word of God the more you open insights from the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have a daily quiet time to study the Word, meditate on it, and talk to the Lord, you are seriously cheating yourself of not only treasures in heaven but treasures of wisdom and peace right now.
I’m sure that there are other instances that you can, but these examples alone provide us sufficient focus to occupy all our energy until the Lord takes us home.
So where are your treasures?
Now the part that may be a bit uncomfortable for us. We know where we need to invest to secure the real treasure. The first step to make that investment is to identify where we need to divest. Change our position in the market. Relinquish that which is corruptible and exchange it for the incorruptible.
1 Peter 1:22-23 (CSB)
Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again — not of perishable seed but of imperishable — through the living and enduring word of God.
We can go through that list of treasures above and within a brief time determine those things we need to eliminate in our lives in favor of these imperishable treasures.
The real fascinating thing that takes place as we change our position with our treasure, is that our perspective changes along with it. For me that means that what I once found loathsome (FaceBook), now presents an opportunity to serve, reaching out to both the believer and non-believer.
I do not like FaceBook, but it is my mission field and for that I am thankful.