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What Do You Treasure Most?

'Where your treasure is...there your heart will be also.' Matthew 6:21 NIV

If your house was burning down and you could only save one thing, what would it be? It’s a decision people make every day, and it’s never easy. There’ll always be things we grieve about giving up because of their intrinsic value in our lives. If you want to know what yours are, look at how you spend your time and money. It’s a dead giveaway. Jesus said, ‘Where your treasure is…there your heart will be also.’ Your ‘treasure’ can be relationships you’d do anything to keep, a career that’s central to your identity, or your investments for the future. These things are ok. Indeed, the Bible says that wise people look ahead and plan (Proverbs 21:20). But it’s where you’re investing for eternity that really matters.
‘The rich young ruler asked Jesus: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”…Jesus said…“Sell all…you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.’ (Luke 18:18–23 NKJV)

In essence, Jesus was asking this man who was rich and successful, ‘Would you give it all up to follow Me? Would you forfeit it for a few years in order to have much more for eternity? Instead of building a career, would you spend your life building My kingdom?’

Jesus wants to be ‘front and centre’ in your life. And when you put Him there, He promises, ‘All your other needs will be met as well.’ (Matthew 6:33 NCV) Are you willing to put Him to the test?

written by Bob Gass

Just a few short years ago my wife and I gave away all our possessions to the thrift store which is affiliated with a local church in the northern Atlanta area, and went on the road to where my job sent me. We got a lot of comments made to us regarding the letting go of those possessions. Some family members called us foolish to give the stuff away, and told us we should have sold it instead. We told them that God didn't tell us to sell our stuff. We had no problem giving it away. However, at one time I would have been hesitant to go through with something like that. I held onto our possessions and found pleasure in having them. But unbeknownst to me, I was putting my happiness and security in my 'things'. I was practicing idolatry and didn't even know it. God isn't against having things, but if people, places and things are our source for security and happiness, we missed what God wants from us. I'm not into asceticism, but I see things that God adds into my life or takes from my life , as being just that. Things. My happiness isn't in direct proportion to my circumstances or what I have or don't have. When I learned that principle, I see things in a whole different light.

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