So, Where's Your Treasure?
Think money --big, big money. Think the kind of money pro athletes and movie stars and founders of computer-programming companies make. Enough money to buy a mansion in L.A., a villa in Monte Carlo, a chalet in the Alps … and a Rolls Royce in each driveway. Enough money to buy any house you want. Any car. Any clothes. Any gadgets or gizmos. Any dream vacation. Almost anything, anytime, anywhere. Hard to imagine, isn't it? But there are plenty of people with that kind of money.
They've seemingly got it all. But many of them are saying the same thing: "It's just not enough. There's GOT to be more." And so they're continually chasing stuff, more stuff and even more stuff. Their lives are controlled by their greed. And where's that gonna get 'em? Jesus tells a story about a greedy guy with that kind of unheard-of dough. (See Luke, chapter 12.) This guy had so much money and so much stuff, he didn't have enough room to keep it all. Still, he wanted more. Greed was his God.
"I know," he said, "I'll build more warehouses and garages and storage places. I'll fill 'em up with everything I can get my hands on. Then I'll say to myself, 'You've got it made. Now it's time to live it up and party down!'" God, of course, is listening to the guy.
"Hold on, bud," God tells the guy. "You're a fool for thinking all that stuff does you any good. Tonight, you will die. And where's that gonna leave you?" Before the guy has a chance to respond, God adds one last word: "You ought to think more about pursuing me than all this stuff."
The people listening to Jesus' story consider these strong words. A few of his best friends are scratching their heads, puzzling over this parable. One guy says, "Hmm, that's interesting. But what's it really mean for us?" Jesus sighs, and goes on to explain:
"Well, guys, it's like this. I don't want you to worry about stuff, like whether you're gonna have enough food or enough clothes. There's a lot more to life than just stuff, you know."
In a nearby tree, some birds are playfully twittering about. "Look at that," says Jesus. "Do they look worried? No way! They have everything they need, every day, because God takes care of them. And if he cares that much about these little birds, how much more do you think he cares for you?Besides, what's the use of worrying? What good does it do you? Will it add a single day to your life? Of course not!"
When the birds fly away, Jesus points to a nearby field. "Check out those flowers," he says. "They don't worry about anything, and yet look at them: They're dressed better than the world's richest kings!" If God gives such clothing to mere flowers, don't you think he'll take much better care of you? Whether it's clothes or food or whatever, God knows exactly what you need. And he'll give it to you … if you seek him with all your heart. So don't worry about anything, especially trying to buy a lot of stuff. Because God has given you everything you'll ever need: His kingdom! Your treasures in heaven will never disappear. Nobody can steal them, nothing can hurt them. Think of it as sort of a bank you can always bank on."
Jesus pauses, taking a moment to look each of his friends in the eye.Then he asks, "Guys, where's your treasure? Is it here on earth, trying to make a lot of cash and buy a ton of stuff? Or is it in heaven, where you're trying to get to know me and my father and what we're all about? Because wherever your treasure is, that's where your heart and your thoughts will be too."
Remember when you were a little kid, dreaming about finding buried treasure? Well, look no longer. The treasure of all treasures, overflowing with abundance, has been found, dug up and opened for all who believe:
God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
All your needs? And glorious riches too? Wow. So, where's your treasure?
Written by Mark Moring
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