By Brooke Holt
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:32-34
Where would we find your treasures -- in the bank, your home, your collections, your family, your trophies/awards? These are the things in life that are most precious to you, the things in which you have invested and worked for through the years or even for a lifetime.
Jesus has just been teaching his disciples about anxiety. You most likely know the passage in which he tells them not to be anxious about their lives, about what they will wear or eat (see Luke 12:22-31). It is not that those things don’t matter. Jesus knows they need food to eat and clothes to wear. Jesus also knows that people become far too preoccupied with what they eat or what they wear. As strange as it sounds, food and clothing can become idols in our lives just like work, hobbies, or anything else. Far too easily, the things of this world become little or big treasures in our lives.
Jesus invited his readers to consider the things in our lives to which we devote our attention and energy. He knows and longs for us to know that the greatest treasure is himself; it is a relationship with him, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. These are clearly not things you can see or touch, but they are the greatest sources of joy, peace, love, purpose, and contentment. Jesus invites people to lay aside all their anxieties concerning this world and to then entrust themselves to the Lord. As the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the Lord knows exactly what you need. In fact, he even knows and cares about what you want.
The treasury of the Godhead is found only in a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus. So, wouldn’t it make sense to seek him above every other earthly treasure, to value him above everything in this world? This is the treasure that will neither rot nor fail. We are to enjoy it here on earth and then even more so in heaven. Making the Lord and his will your treasure is the greatest investment you could ever make! It is also the antidote to anxiety.
Let’s reconsider what we are investing in today and start living with the Lord as our greatest treasure!
Consider what you think about the most, love, and invest yourself in each day. Where is your treasure – in the things of this world or in the things of Jesus Christ? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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