This Week's Devotional   

Treasure

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Treasure, a familiar word to most of us. The dictionary says that as a noun it means “wealth,” stored up or hoarded, buried treasure, a collection of precious things. As a verb it means “to hold or keep as precious,” cherish, prize to collect or store up. As a young boy, I dreamed of finding buried treasure left by a pirate. The problem was I lived in a land locked town with the nearest ocean 8 hours away.

When we consider the definition of the verb form for treasure, I think we realize that everyone treasures someone or something. We all cherish or prize something in our lives. It may be power, prestige or position. It may be actual gold, silver or material positions. I have met some folks who value their time above all else. For some it is their children or spouse who they cherish most of all. At first glance, you might be saying what is wrong with any of that, shouldn’t I cherish my children or my spouse?

I bring this topic of “treasure” up because a few weeks ago, the Lord spoke to me through His word, specifically Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Jesus says that whatever we treasure that is where our heart will be. What does he mean by that? I think of the old school yard game called tetherball. This was a pole with a rope attached to it and at the end of the rope was a ball attached or tethered to the rope. You and a friend would bat the ball back and forth trying to get it to wrap around the pole until the ball touched the pole. This game illustrates what Jesus is teaching us in this passage. Our hearts, that inner person with all its hopes and dreams, is tethered to whatever it is we TREASURE! 

Earlier in Luke 12 a man approaches Jesus, asking him to speak to his brother about dividing his inheritance with him. This is Jesus’ response in Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Then Jesus tells a parable of a certain rich man whose possessions increased exponentially and he decided to tear down his old barns and build newer, larger ones. Jesus concludes the parable by saying in Luke 12:20-21 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Jesus continues to instruct his disciples in Luke 12:22-40, please read in your Bible this whole section. I am going to jump down to verses 31-34:

“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Jesus tells us that we should above all else treasure the things of God not the material possessions of this world. We are to seek the kingdom of God and its advancement. Because that treasure does not fail, rust, rot or can be stolen. It will last forever. Too often, we find ourselves investing in the temporary not the permanent. The reason for this  is because our hearts are tethered to the things of this world. We value what others think or feel about us when we should be concerned with what God thinks and knows to be true about us. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” The word “accepted” in this verse is sometimes translated “pleasing.” We labor that we might be pleasing to Him. Our hearts need to be tethered to God’s desires and purposes. We find both in His Word.

 

My question for you is, what treasure is your heart tethered too?

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