Treasuring Jesus

On Sunday, Pastor Bill taught from Matthew 6:19-24:

Do not 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 do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

This is a rich passage that both convicts and comforts. There is so much to get out of it, but one thing from the sermon stuck out to me that I have been mulling over the past two days.

for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Where your treasure is [present tense, right now, in this moment], there will [future tense, later, ultimately at the end] your heart be also.

Treasure leads the heart. Or, to say it backwards, your heart will follow after what you find most important. This is why it is so crucial what we are treasuring right now. What we choose to spend our time investing in at this time is where our hearts will lead us in the future – either closer to Jesus or farther away from Him.

There are many ways I store up treasure on earth – investing my time, energy and talents in things that are just going to burn up one day – rather than storing up treasure that will last for eternity. One would think that eternity would trump temporal every time. But sadly, it doesn’t.

Most often it is because I fail to see Jesus as the ultimate treasure.

When I am pulled in by the things of this world, my “eye” becomes dark and my vision is blurred, and suddenly my allegiance has shifted. You see, it’s not about the stuff; stuff is fine when viewed rightly. It’s about attitude, and recognizing that Jesus and His kingdom are the only things that are going to last forever. Everything else, everything else, is going to burn up. We are called by Jesus to invest our lives in eternal things, and rightly understand that earthly things, while sometimes good, are all temporary.

Where is your treasure being stored right now?

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