So we’ve gone from prayer, to forgiveness, to fasting, and now we’re looking at treasures. Jesus says,
19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6
Treasure basically means anything precious to you. If we can put it in a box, even if it’s a huge one the size of a sky scraper, it will be lost one day. No matter how much we try to preserve it and hang on to it, when we are gone, it will remain without us.
20 But store 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 [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.
Heart … Although it is a physical organ in our body, so many times we use the word to reference something intangible.
Our physical heart is a giver (click here if your interested in learning more about our physical heart). It sends blood around your body. It really doesn’t keep anything for it’s self. hmmm interesting huh?
Any who … there was a time when people believed our emotions came from our heart because of the way a heart will race when excited, stressed, etc. However, our heart is really just a way of ‘reading the pulse’ of our feelings.
People are described as “having heart,” “having a broken heart,” “being all heart,” and many more, but I think the one which applies most here is having a “heart in the right place.”
The heart is a symbol of life, without it, there isn’t any real life. It represents who we are. When you say, ‘I’ and point to yourself, where do you point? Just take a few minutes to think about all the references, symbolism, and ways we utilize ‘heart’ in our lives.
The issue isn’t with the treasure we collect, it is where we store it. Maybe the truly valuable treasure can’t be stored anywhere but in the heart. I can’t help but wonder how many people, I’m sure a small few would, but just how many would choose a material object over something like time with a loved one or the life of another human? Would a family heirloom carry any value if we did not have a memory to go with it?
So what treasure do you have? Where are you storing it? What does it say about who you are, what you value, and what you desire?