We all have treasures, but what impact can our treasure have on our lives and why is it so important that we are mindful of what becomes valuable to us?
Let’s begin by looking at what treasure is.
Treasure can be money, physical assets or valuables. We can treasure a person, hobby, memory, sport, a place and many other things.
We can therefore say, your treasure is what is valuable to you. Think about what you can call valuable (both material & immaterial). That is your treasure. Now let’s look at the heart. The heart is symbolic of love or affection. Your fondness for or liking towards someone/something.
So now let’s put the two together: what you consider valuable (your treasure) is what will get your love and attention.
What was Jesus trying to say to us here? He was asking us to be mindful of the things we allow to become our treasure. Because you see, whatever it is that becomes valuable to us will not only have our affection but also our time, energy and attention.
Jesus also says (in the same passage) we should lay up our treasures in Heaven. By this he is telling us that we should value what God values. That means spending adequate time doing the things that are important to Him. The first thought you get here is that you will miss out on a lot of fun things, but the truth is that if we give God our time, we get so much benefit out of it.
So what is important to God? There are only two basic things: taking in his Word and living the life that he expects of us. That means we have time to read the Word and be ministered to, then walk out what we’ve received in our daily life. And how do we do that? We walk in love, forgive, trust God for what we need, give to others when we can, be kind, be patient, stay away from sin and repent when we do sin. And God will refresh your spirit, give you real joy, cover you with peace, answer your prayers, keep you from trouble (Psalm 34:19), provide for you and ultimately lead you towards the fulfillment of his plan for your life. Everything we tend to look for outside God we can find in him.
So, think about the things that occupy you at the expense of your time with God.