Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
What do you treasure most daily? Take 60 seconds, be honest and come to a conclusion.
Have it in mind? Now ask yourself if your personal “treasure” is something that will eventually pass away. If your treasure is anything other than Jesus, unsurprisingly, it most certainly will! Whether your treasure is found in people, experiences, or things, this truth that Jesus spoke 2,000 years ago can easily be applied to every single person no matter who they are or where they are from.
We are now left with the burning question, “Why do we consistently pursue treasures that are easily destroyed, taken from us, and leave us wanting more?” Take another 60 seconds and come up with an answer. Maybe you concluded that your treasure is easily available or that it brings you joy. Both of these answers can most certainly be true for why we hold earthly treasures so close to our hearts.
Ultimately, we chase after the temporary things of this world because we fail to recognize that our complete fulfillment is found in Jesus. We were created for God’s glory, so fittingly, our souls long for Him. In Psalm 84:1-2, King David writes, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
Let us ask God to give us the same desire and heart that David expressed! When we surrender all other treasures and pursue Jesus, who is the Everlasting Treasure, God promises that we will find true fulfillment and peace.
2 Peter 1:2-3 says this, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…”