I write this with a heavy heart because a good friend of my wife and I, Chris, was in a bad motorcycle accident last night. The doctors operated in an attempt to save his life, but they were unable to do so and he died, leaving behind a wife and five children. Chris was 40. I travelled with Chris on 5 short-term mission trips, and we had many discussions about life, evangelism, children, giving, sports, and on and on. I will miss that, as Chris was like another son to me and my wife.
Why do I begin with that story? Chris and I had our treasure in ourselves when we were younger (Chris in the army and me in college). We weren’t walking with God but with our own desires and pleasures—to please us. We suffered because of that in numerous ways—headaches, not being aware of what we said or did, and others I can’t mention in this article. Where your treasure is guides your thoughts, actions, speech, and motives. When our treasure is within us, those items are skewed toward the world.
It was only when our hearts turned toward God that our treasure became aligned with God. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, treasure is defined as wealth, something of great worth or value. Luke 12:34 states, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Treasure in this verse is the Greek word thesaurus, which means the things laid up in a treasury, collected treasures. What have you laid up in your heart? Treasures of the world or of God? Don’t be like Chris and me with treasures of the world. Lay up the treasures of God.
Until next time.