“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
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I know that we are not staying on topic with our idea about Restoration. If you are anticipating the next lesson in Acts, I’m sorry for the break in topics. I respect you a great deal for even caring about restoration of New Testament Christianity. I think you’re a good manifestation of what a diligent student of truth is. But, I have to talk about treasure.
When you hear the word treasure, what comes to mind? It may be that a treasure map or a treasure chest does. The idea of finding something valuable that not many people have is an appealing concept.
What do you treasure in life?
Is it your family? Your health? Your looks? Money? Your faith? God? Your home? Your car? Your job? What is it? What’s your treasure?
I think all earnest work is admirable – especially for the one who works hard enough to accomplish milestones and be awarded, like Employee of the Year. There’s nothing wrong with doing an honest day’s work – no matter what the job is – to make money to provide for yourself and your family. In fact, it’s commendable.
But is that where you hold your treasure – in a career? In making money? In being recognized above your peers?
Money comes and goes. Appearances change. Family may fail you. Health wanes. Cars break down. Houses depreciate. And jobs get lost. All these things are temporal.
Jesus makes a very poignant statement about treasure, as He does about many other things. He said that wherever your treasure is, your heart will be there also (Matt. 6:21).
I don’t know what you hold dear to your heart, but Christ is dear to mine. Heaven is my heart’s desire. It’s the only reason I wake up every morning – the hope of an eternal home in heaven with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Those close to me know just how true that is.
Christ keeps me going. Christ keeps me pushing. Christ keeps me.
When days get harder to bear, it’s the Lord who helps me through them. And I want to get to heaven to be there with Him. So I’m laying up treasures there while I’m here on earth.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matt. 6:19-20
When our treasures are material things in this world or things that we cannot take with us when we die, people can, will, and do steal them. And some people will take and take from you until you have nothing of any earthly value left for them to have. They think that they have taken every good thing from you. But I have treasures that no one can touch.
So when people take earthly and material things from me, it doesn’t affect the treasures that I’ve stored up in heaven. They can’t take away goodness, kindness, love, faith, peace, gentleness, or hope.
“The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” – Matt. 12:35
I still have hope. No matter what people take from me, I have the hope of heaven. That’s where my treasures are.
You can have the hope of heaven, too. Believe that Jesus is the Christ, repent of your sins, confess the sweet name of Jesus, and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Then, you will be in a saved condition with God, and you can lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.
Where is your treasure?
“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” – 1 Tim. 6:18-19
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