For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21
Some portions of Scripture require a bit of explanation, but others are fairly straightforward. Today’s Scripture reminder is self-explanatory and wow… so TRUE!
A wise pastor once made a statement from the pulpit that has stayed in the back of my mind. This was his reference Scripture. After reading it, he looked up as though he was trying to decide whether to go ahead and say what he was thinking – and finally said, “If you want to know what is the most important to a person, take a look at their finances.” You could have heard a pin drop in that sanctuary. I know we were all thinking about where we had written checks that last week.
Obviously, we all wrote checks to pay for our normal bills – mortgage, vehicle payment, groceries, trash, electricity, gas, etc. but there are those other expenses that are not needs – but wants… those are the entries in our check registers that really tell the story of what means the most to us – and there were some folks who just had to say… OUCH!
It’s not my place to check you and it’s not your place to check me – but it is God’s Holy Spirit’s job to point out where all of us could do better. Where do you spend most of your treasure? That is where your heart is – it’s what matters the most to you.
from week 16 of the popular book COFFEE WITH JESUS by Lucinda Berry Hill
A man was working in a field.
He came upon a treasure.
He admired it for a while,
The value, beyond measure.
He hid it in the field again,
Impossible to find.
Then left for home for the night,
The treasure on his mind.
He started selling all he had:
His house, his car, his clothes.
He sold his favorite pastime pleasures.
He sold everything he owned.
His family warned him not to go;
They said they’d turn from him.
His friends said he’d lost his mind.
He said good-bye to them.
He took the cash that he’d earned,
Back to the field he went.
To buy the field with treasure hidden.
For him, the gift was meant.
He went inside the treasure,
Came out clean and pure.
His dirty ways, his ugly past
Were gone from him for sure.
The treasure gave him wisdom,
Strength, and comfort too.
It gave him peace he never had,
A joy he never knew.
If he had to do it all again,
Give up all he had around,
He’d sell it all, joyfully,
For God, His treasure found.
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I would just challenge you to figure out what your wants are – and pray about where the things of God are ranked. What you discover may surprise you. It may be that changes need to take place, or you might decide that your treasure and your heart are already focused on God’s work.
Let’s take a look at the entire context of this portion of Scripture:
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. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:19-24
Who do you hate? Who do you love? What do you support with your treasure? It matters to God. 🙂