Where your Treasure is
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The sermon on the mountain has been a constant reminder of taking inventory of what our heart’s posture looks like. This week we dive into the question, “What do I find value in?”
It’s easy to get caught up in worldly treasure and to covet after things that we see others have that we don’t.
“If only I had this amount of money, then I would be happy.”
“If only I lived in this kind of home, then I would be happy.”
“If only I was in a relationship, then I would be happy.”
“If only I had this certain degree, then I would be happy”
The sad part is, when we finally reach that “If only” we’re happy for a little while until it’s simply replaced with a new “If only” and the cycle repeats itself. We make ourselves miserable chasing after the things we do not yet have. We spend so much of our time running after things in this world that will never fully satisfy our hearts true desire. Relationship. But not just any relationship— the one we experience with the Father.
This is where our treasure truly lies. When we spend our time seeking the Lord, that is something that cannot be stolen. When we spend time serving others, that is something that the enemy cannot destroy. When we show compassion, when we give to the needy, when we emulate the person of Jesus Christ, that’s when we truly begin to live satisfying lives that don’t have a next “If only”. Instead we live a life of gratitude, knowing that every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). We don’t hold onto what we have in this life because we know that what we will gain in the life to come is worth more than anything this world has to offer. So the next time you find yourself unsatisfied and lost in the mindset of “If only”, fix your heart back on Jesus and remember that the value He has is worth more than any endeavor that you’re pining after.
Jesus, we thank you for storing up our treasures in heaven. We ask that you continue to remind us that you are where value truly lies and that we can always rely on you to give this life worth. Please keep us from getting stuck in a cycle of thinking that there’s always a next best thing when we receive what we so fervently prayed for. Help us to not take for granted the gifts that you give us. Set our hearts on you and help us to seek your face in all that we do. We love you, in your name we pray, amen.