For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Can’t find the heart? Look for the treasure. Why would we need to look for our heart? Because we need to give it to Jesus! When a young man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus told him to obey the commandments. “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” The man went away sad because he had great wealth.
The young man had to give up his heart to Christ for eternal life. If your heart is set on earthly things, there your treasure is also. Obeying the commandments is an expression of our faith, not a point system with God, as the young man had hoped. He failed to realize that storing his treasure in heaven is far greater than accumulating wealth on earth. It may seem obvious to us, yet the one thing Christ wants, we find extremely difficult to give. Christ knows what treasure we have – money, possessions, jobs, personal achievements. These are not bad in and of themselves, but our hearts do not belong there.
In order to live in God’s will each day, I must remember my treasure must be in heaven for my heart to belong to Christ. As a church, our success in God’s will can only result from putting our treasure chest in heaven.
Used with permission from Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI and The Barnabas Foundation.