(I missed the sooner deadline on this writing challenge, and decided to post it as an article.)
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34, KJV).
The word "treasure" soothingly invites the human experience into great gain. Such hungry heart yearns for treasure we hope to receive and often subconsciously seek out. Whatever treasure means to each of us -- whether it be riches, gifts, material possessions, success, or relationships -- desired wealth is the soul's need for a perceived feeling of security. Longing for abundance, our heart's desires label our individual meaning of treasure.
As Jesus Christ stated in Luke 12:34, what we value most is an indicator of the heart's abiding.
Ironically, the Lord speaks of treasure itself as being neither good nor evil. It's the condition of the heart that makes such moral decision. This truth is clearly addressed in Matthew 12:34, KJV, as Jesus boldly declares the Pharisees a "generation of vipers" and as "being evil," "for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." The heart either stores a good treasure or an evil treasure, and each brings forth its own kind. The only true riches we can give another is the treasure we share out of a selfless, loving heart.
The Bible speaks of treasure throughout the Old and New Testaments in terms of both material and spiritual wealth. And within the good treasure of a cleansed heart, we prove faithful in unrighteous mammon by giving back to our Lord and serving Him through our offerings, so He, in turn, can entrust us with Heaven's genuine riches. He emphatically states that we cannot serve two masters. Where greed is present, God is absent. And unmet need leaves an empty heart prone to choose evil.
Jesus yearns to be our greatest treasure. Whatever we value above Jesus will prove to be a spiritual stumbling block. His greatest treasure is only available through His sacrificial gift at Calvary -- His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Leaving the treasuries of Heaven, the Christ man emptied Himself to become poor in spirit to make us rich as, after His death, His promise of Heavenly treasure brought forth the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. God's righteous heart alone grants bounty as He proclaims born-again believers receivers of Heaven's true riches which He fashions in the hearts of His earthen vessels (See 2 Cor. 4:7). Within the satisfied heart, the greatest need of our poverty then rests securely filled with His mercy and grace. At the moment of redemption, we discover true riches -- divine Wisdom -- creating us anew, a vessel of great value purified as gold by the Potter's fire and equipped for the Master's use. Where Jesus is our treasure, the heart of God abides also.
I searched for treasure amid worldly care,
And found my quest led to further despair,
Until Christ's abundance I sought as mine,
And ah such treasure His glory divine!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AS YOU TREASURE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.