Where Your Treasure Is…
As the song began to sound, the words by Grammy Award nominated band, Mumford & Sons, gripped my heart. I was struck with truth that was so poetically sung with these words, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life. Awake my soul, you are meant to meet your Maker.”
In 1Corinthians 9:24 Paul said, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win”. When you run to win, every step counts. In fact, it’s the steps you take every day that determine the outcome of that race. Your daily steps are the steps that will take you into the fullness of what God has for you, into your destiny. With each step you get closer to winning your race.
In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us the Model Prayer, a template for our prayer life. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”. He said start with worship. Come before the throne of God with thanksgiving and adoration. Then Jesus proceeds to teach us to seek the Kingdom first and His righteousness. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
“Give us this day our daily bread”, He tells us to pray in verse 11. Some of the most important things we do in life, we do daily. The very key to our survival is tied to certain activities we do every day. Some we do voluntarily, others without even thinking. We breathe daily. We eat daily. We walk daily. We talk daily. So the most important things in life, we do daily. That is why, when Jesus taught us to pray, He instructed us to ask for our daily bread. The key to maintaining a fresh walk with the Lord requires a number of “dailys”. We are to spend time in the Word of God daily. We are to spend time in prayer daily, just like things we do every day to sustain life. We breathe, we eat, we drink. To sustain our spiritual life, we ought to eat and drink daily. We ought to read the Word and pray every day. Those are the most important disciplines of our Christian walk. Those are the daily steps we take in the race we run.
I like this illustration by Jeanne Mayo. Two teenagers decided to pull a prank on a department store one evening. They broke into the store but they didn’t steal anything, not even a single item. Instead, they switched the price tags on everything in the entire store. So you can imagine the scene when the store opened the next day. Customers were rushing to purchase the diamond necklaces for $5 while finding underwear priced at $500. A stunning mink coat was marked on sale for only $20 while a simple umbrella was marked at $2000. We will not run the race that God has intended for us to run effectively until we realize that we have allowed the enemy to switch the price tags.
Daily we put far too much importance on things that will have absolutely no worth in the eternity. The church in Vancouver, in North America is full of so called “busy” Christians. They spend the whole day wrapped up in busyness, doing things that weigh them down and hinder their race. In fact, one of the enemy’s tactics is to get the saints busy, tied up with the cares of this world. Even doing “legitimate” errands, “things that need to be done”, they are done at the expense of what is really weighty and prominent, what will stand the Lord’s test.
Even more tragic, our heart’s allegiance often quietly lines up with those “price tags” that we allowed the enemy to switch. We begin to pay $500 for underwear, so to speak. Pay $2000 for a simple umbrella, investing our time and effort into things of this world that have no eternal value to them. We are never to lose sight of what is truly valuable, truly important in this life, what will stand the test of fire, what will last for eternity.
In Matthew 6:21 it says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Jesus is not talking just about monetary things, although it includes them. What’s He really saying? You will dedicate your efforts, your energy, your focus, and the most valuable asset we have, time, on things that are most important to you. What matters to you the most is your treasure. And where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
Guard where you place your “treasure”.