Where your treasure rests…
June 19th, 2019
Where we invest our time and talents, represents an undeniable marker as to where our priorities lie. If we are investing time in something, it means significantly more than other things we invest less time in. If we hone our skill to perfect our abilities in a given craft, it means something to us.
Our treasure is kept in the same place where our heart resides.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 (NET)
There is a lot to discover about treasure in the Word of God.
The Lord will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any.
Deuteronomy 28:12 (NET)
God’s outpouring of blessings happens constantly. Despite trouble and turmoil, we are blessed with an eternal joy.
Think of all the people you’ve encountered throughout your life. I think most of us can recall one or two very special individuals whose faithfulness to the Lord and His Word has been a pivotal trademark of their walk. If you are able to identify that person or those persons, and you consider their demeanor, almost without exception they all also could be noted for their consistent joy despite adversity.
It is nothing short of amazing how one whose trust is vested in the Lord meets insurmountable obstacles with consistent joy and trust in God’s ability, not just to endure that challenges before them but to thrive despite the forces pitted against them.
Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple.
1 Chronicles 29:3 (NET)
Our treasure is something we should be eager to gift back to God who provided us the means to accumulate it, to show our commitment sure, but because of our love and desire to elevate the Lord by any means possible.
Besides, since we are bought with a price of blood, our treasure belongs to God anyhow!
My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding – if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NET)
What we consider treasure is altered when we rest in the grace of Jesus, we become a new creation in Him.
We are exhorted to store up everlasting treasure.
“Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”
Matthew 6:19 (NET)
Virtually every earthy treasure is subject to corruption and decay. Yes, some are more enduring than others but even gold and silver lose their value when culture dissolves into the abyss of sin and lawlessness.
While we may have a modicum of liberty and order, there is a permanent liberty that comes to us as a result of subjection of our will to God’s.
This defies the imagination of the world. How possibly can there be freedom in surrender?
This freedom comes when we off load our massive burden at the feet of the savior and then take up his yoke which is easy to work compared to what we have been hauling around behind us.
No cost is too great to secure these treasures.
Jesus told the parable of the man who discovers a unimaginable treasure in a field. He covers it up and then divests of everything he owns so he can secure the field where the treasure is hidden, so it might be his.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.”
Matthew 13:44 (NET)
Do you really believe that man felt bad he had to get rid of everything to secure his treasure? Of course not! And neither should we feel any remorse for abandoning and divesting ourselves of our worldly accumulation.
Our “Heart” is where our treasure is, the question is where and what is your treasure.
In the Grace of Jesus!