For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21
If treasure is defined as money, then your heart (attitudes & actions) will be focused on making money. Have you defined your treasure? I think I’ve always pretty much assumed that treasure referred to money in this passage of Scripture, but now I realize it is not necessarily so… what if your treasure was… fast food??? What if your treasure was… your child or another member of your family you hold dear? ❤
No, stay with me here… treasure is defined as:
1. wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
2. wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
3. any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized:
This book was his chief treasure.
verb (used with object): treasured, treasuring.
4. to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
5. to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
6. to put away for security or future use, as money.
It is not sinful to treasure precious memories with loved ones – I want to make that clear; however, if that overshadows your relationship with God, it’s sin. Anything that takes up more of your energy than the things of God… it’s coming between you and the Lord and the priority needs to change. Our God is a jealous God and always wants to be in first place. Our hearts are to trust and delight in Him. ❤
Define your treasure. All sorts of interests and activities can possibly become more of a treasure in our lives than they should be. Ask God to “check” you about it. I can’t tell you what you’re putting in first place, but I sure do know Who can. Wherever your treasure is (and it’s different for every person) – there will your heart (attitudes & actions) be. ❤
Jesus loved everyone, but His ultimate treasure was His Father, God. He knew from whence came His power, His glory, His everything – just as we as God’s children do. ❤
Don’t assume that treasure refers to money. Treasure is anything that holds a special place in your heart. You can’t separate your treasure from your heart because there is such passion associated with the treasure in your life. Maybe your treasure is money – but let me remind you that money, while a necessary evil in this world… will mean nothing in the afterlife. We’ve all heard the old saying, “You can’t take it with you.” Make sure your treasure stays tempered with the stark facts of reality. Only what is done for Christ will last – those things will follow you into Heaven. Chew on that for a while. ❤