Buried Treasure

“For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34)

Many people think that God despises wealth and condemns the wealthy, but this isn’t at all true. God delights in bestowing blessings of pleasure and treasure upon His beloved, but He wants to be clear that our priorities are in order.

God’s Word does not say that “money is the root of all evil,” as some incorrectly ascribe. It says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). For due to the love of money, some people will do anything to feed their greed and fulfill their ill-will.

The heart of the problem is the heart of the human.

You cannot serve two masters: both money and God. In the end you will “sacrifice one for the other; and grow to despise the one to follow the other” (Matthew 6:24).

The emphasis on the wealthy person’s “foolishness” is their growing dependence upon their wealth to save them from trouble and solve all of their problems.

“You fool! This very night your soul is required of you. And all the wealth you have stored, whose will it be? (Luke 12:20)

James then claims that friendship with the world is enmity with God; that “whoever relies on the ways of the world cast themselves as enemies with God.” (James 4:4)

This echoes Jesus’ statement: “Whoever is not with Me is against Me.” (Matthew 12:30)

God makes it clear that to chase after wealth is to choose certain death.

The pursuance of wealth in lieu of God may result in potential prosperity in the temporal, but at the expense of poverty in the eternal.

Whereas God has promised eternal rewards to those who seek Him now.

There is no need to announce where you stand – God knows your heart; it is revealed by your actions (Matthew 7:16). And He also knows that wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Prioritize your life based on the long-term goals that you have; then focus on doing the things that will bring you tangibly closer to your goals – whatever they may be.

Reaching the goal is like finding the treasure. A focused mind will be fixed on that goal/treasure, overcoming any obstacles or distractions along the way. You put your mind to it; you set your heart on it. Thus, “Wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

You can set your mind on whatever you like. Just make sure it’s something that matters.


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