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Topic: Treasure (12/15/03)
TITLE: Where Your Treasure Is
By Kevin Cook
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We live in the age of ever increasing materialism where we are being told to go out and buy the latest, greatest gadget available. A time when the Smiths are doing everything in their power to keep up with the Jones, and they are going deeper into debt all the time in their competition to out do each other. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements enticing us to spending more and more money on junk we don’t really need, and why?
The thing that drives this need for bigger and better is simply our own sinful human nature; we continually lust for more and more. The devil knows our weak points, and he has become a master at exploiting them.
We know what God’s Word says about our treasure, and where our real treasure is, but we still just don’t seem to get it, we are just to distracted by the lures of the world.
“…For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
If we would actually take time to consider our own lives in light of this passage, we would probably realize that for the most part, most of us have fallen into the trap of materialism, and have become hooked on earthly things, instead of heavenly things. Many times professing Christians are just as materialistic as those who are unsaved.
Admit it, we are all guilty storing up the temporary treasures of earth, instead of focusing on the eternal treasures that cannot be taken away. Consider what Jesus has to say about the matter in the following passage.
Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in the ground, which a man finds but buries again, and then in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that land."
Is Jesus suggesting that you and I actually go out and sell all that we own? Or is he giving us a word picture of how we ought to be focused on the Kingdom of God rather than on the kingdom of this evil world? The man pictured here went out and sold his goods to earn the capital to purchase the land the treasure was buried on, in that way he also owned the treasure that was buried there as well.
Jesus was instructing his true followers to do whatever it takes, by any and means available to seek after God and his eternal kingdom, and if we are wise like this man in the parable we will stop at nothing to gain what we know is real, yet we cannot see it with our eyes, yet we know it is awaiting us. We will stop at nothing in pursuit of God, and knowing him more intimately.
Hebrews 12:1 - …. “Let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin that clings about us.”
If we are to truly lay hold of the great and glorious treasure that God has waiting for each of us, we must let go of the mindset of this world, and focus our energies on the things of God, for if we truly desire to gain the greater treasure, we must let go of the temporal treasures. We are not to love this world, nor to love the things of this evil world, but rather to focus our hearts and minds on the eternal things of God. We must repent of any sin in our lives that may be holding us back from experiencing God in the fullest potential possible, we must content for the faith at all costs.
In this season of giving when we remember the birth of our Savior let us set our minds on the spiritual aspects, and not the material ones. If we do this we will reap a blessing far greater than filling our closets with more useless crap that is doomed to fall apart sooner or later anyway.
Lord help us to let go of the earthly treasures that clog up our lives, and steal away the time we ought to be spending with you. And help us focus on the true treasure that is eternal life through Christ alone. Lord revive your church in this Dark Age, and renew our spirits to focus on the things that lie above, instead of the things that are below. AMEN!