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Topic: Treasure (12/15/03)
TITLE: Hidden Treasure
By David Ritchie
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Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Math 6 v 21) From that it is logical to conclude that our treasure is that which takes the prominent place in our lives. The thing we are continually drawn to, that which we delight in.
My nephew and his family have felt the call of God to take up a youth pastorate in a church with less than a dozen young people, 300 miles away. With his young family he was packed and ready to leave. As we gathered to assist with loading the truck to transport his furniture to England, I marvelled at the size of their earthly treasures, as they lay stacked in the garage.
Earlier, the contents of these boxes had furnished a very lavish home, now they were but a few boxes and packages packed tightly into a garage. Proverbs 15 v 6 declares, “The house of the righteous contains great treasure,” however it cannot be stored in boxes. No, George and Jayne with their four children have found the real treasure that the writer of Proverbs speaks about.
Worldly treasure is usually stored and put on display at appropriate times. Biblical treasure is given away and is often out of sight. To many people it is madness to uproot a young family from a very affluent church with a thriving children’s and youth work, to move to a church with no children’s ministries.
I guess to understand such a move you need to know where a persons treasure lies. Another way of looking at it is that to make such a move, it is obvious where a persons treasure lies. As I watched the last few items being stacked on the truck I had no doubt that their treasure did not lie in the beautiful house left empty. Nor did it lie in those boxes on the truck. They had seen a city, whose maker and builder is God (Hebrews 11 v 10). They were building up treasure in Heaven, “where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Mathew 6 v 20)
As I drove home I had a few minutes to contemplate where my treasure lay. Was it in possessions, or am I building treasure in Heaven? It is so easy to have everything right on the outside, but Jesus gave the Pharisees a real rollicking for that. It is so easy to sing the songs and pray the prayers, but unless we are right with God, it will not result in treasures in heaven. My prayer is that through Gods mercy, I will build treasure in Heaven, through the menial tasks of my daily service for him.