True Treasure; May 3, 2018

Matthew 6:21, 33 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

This whole passage is extremely practical and yet is rarely followed fully. It gets quoted as aphorisms, yet people consider it to be “contrary to human nature.” It is true that ever since Eden we have tended to want things, and have become anxious when we haven’t had them on hand, but that’s not how we were created. God created us to fellowship with Him in full trust and obedience, but we now tend to run off on our own, wanting to be “the master of our destiny.” How foolish! It is true we can have a major impact on how much of God’s good plans we follow, but our personal deviation from His path is never for the better. God’s provision for us is eternal treasure, wrapped up in His kingdom and His righteousness. As Jesus says here, He will give us as much material stuff as we need along the way, but our heart is to be fixed on the eternal. Material things can be gone in a moment, as anyone who has gone through a tornado, a tsunami, or even a house fire can tell you. With that understanding, the wisdom of treasuring the things of God becomes obvious.

This is a truth that has gone deeper and deeper into me over the years. It is perhaps ironic that concurrent with that, the “stuff” I’ve accumulated continues to mount up! However, I think I hold things much more loosely than I once did. I still have a strong aversion to wasting things, but if someone else can use them, I’m generally happy to let go of them. I do like to have good tools, but the focus is shifting more to what I can do with them than to the tools themselves. That’s not complete, though! I am still quite capable of drooling over things, but at least I recognize the foolishness of that. The situation comes into sharp focus as Cathy leaves today for a solo visit to the US for about a week. When her presence or absence has that much impact on me, how much more important is the presence or absence of my fellowship with the Holy Spirit! As a pastor I am continually admonishing people about priorities. I must not lose sight of my own in the process. I too need to recognize that only what is in heaven is true treasure, and so seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

Father, thank You for this reminder. After I see Cathy off I’ll be helping someone move, which is another exercise in exactly this issue. Help me encourage him to focus on You and let You show him what is truly necessary, so that he may stay firmly on the path that You have for him, for his blessing and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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