It’s crazy when you think about it, really—how could we ever mistake false treasure for true treasure? What are we thinking?
After all, we have a perfect Creator God who knit us together in our mothers’ wombs, and knows the number of hairs on our heads! We have the perfect Savior God who did not turn His back on us when we chose sin and rebellion over Him, but rather set in motion his plan for redemption and restoration for all humanity. The gospel is simple, beautiful, and weighty. It calls us to repentance and to a new life, empowered by the Spirit, and defined by love, humility, and service to our neighbor. And yet, despite our rescue, we so often cling to our sin like counterfeit gold.
The desires of my heart are often dark, ugly, and sinful. I want “false treasure.” I want material things. I want my own way. I want control. I want things to be easy for me. I get unrighteously angry. I hold grudges. I compare myself to other moms, other wives, other workers, other Christians. That list is pretty ugly. And do you know what the result is when I live focused on those things? I am exhausted. My joy is stolen. There is discord in my marriage, with my kids, and in my home. And I look for someone else to blame.
So what is the remedy? (God always gives a remedy! Hallelujah!). Store up “treasures in heaven.” And how? Pursue the relationship. Learn what matters to Him. Read, cherish, and take to heart His living, active Word. Serve others with humility. Rely on the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, empower, and direct. Steward and share His gifts freely. Watch over the heart, confessing any anger, bitterness, frustration, insecurity, worry, or regret. Love other believers. Get real with other believers. Be thankful—really thankful. And do you know what the result is when I live focused on those things? I am at peace. My joy is full. My marriage is rich. I delight in my kids (and they see a little of Christ in me). And God gets the glory.
Lord, teach us to see the world as you do, from an eternal perspective. Help us set our hearts on loving and knowing You. We want to build our lives on Your promises. Thank You for the abundant life You provide as we store our treasures safely with You.
Written by Jordan Wright