Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:22-34 NIV)
Treasure in heaven or below? Jesus told us that we are to lay up our treasures in heaven where nothing can destroy them. There they are eternal and free from theft and destruction. His message was not just that good works lay up treasures for us in heaven. No, the message was that wherever it is that we place our heart’s devotion will become the treasures of our lives. Is our heart’s focus and our life’s purpose to amass wealth and possessions? Then those are our treasures. Our world seems to follow the thought that, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But, in reality, he who dies with the most toys still dies! i once heard a pastor say that he had never once, in all of the funerals he had seen or conducted, witnessed a trailer full of the deceased person’s possessions attached to the casket waiting to go with him. No, there is only a casket large enough for the body alone.
Where the heart is there the treasure is. Our hearts concentrate on the things that it deems most important and most valuable. Is the treasure that we seek on this earth? If so, then it is temporary. Remember, Scripture tells us that the whole earth will be burned up with fire one day, melted with fervent heat. If this is the case, then our earthly “treasure” is definitely not eternal. In fact, it is not a treasure at all. In reality, it is all simply on loan to us. It will certainly be taken away on the last day of our life—if not before. But if our heart is focused on the Eternal God and the riches that He has in store for those who love Him, then we have a real treasure in heaven. If our hearts are focused on the Eternal, then He will be our treasure!
That’s why Jesus said to sell possessions and give to the poor. Don’t fixate on them and worry over them. That’s why Jesus said that God clothed the lilies of the field and fed the birds of the air. Our heavenly father knows we need food, shelter and clothing. Those are the temporary things of this life. They are simple sustenance and provision, not treasures to be longed for! And God has promised to provide them! We don’t need to spend our days worrying about them. No, our treasure ought to be eternal in nature. It ought to be in the Eternal, Immortal, the only wise God, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father. Why? He loves us and wants us to live with Him in His eternal joy! Now that is a treasure! That ought to be what our hearts long to fully understand. That’s what our hearts ought to be focused on grasping. In doing so, we will lay hold of a vast, incorruptible, corrosion free, inexhaustible treasure!
Let’s not focus on the temporary things of this life! God has promised to provide those for us. Instead, let’s focus on the eternal treasure found in our God. For where our heart is, there is our treasure also…