Where Your Treasure Is
Jack was an adventurer, or so he thought. He only had a small amount of possesions and fewer friends, but one thing had always gripped his thoughts. Everybody knew Jack, but not often for the right reasons, see Jack had a bit of a past. He was a trouble-maker, money-stealer, heavy drinker and womaniser. His reputation preceded him. But none of this burdened on his mind as much as the obsession for his treasure, his pearl ‘so-to-speak’, his black pearl. Jack’s treasure gave him his title and his purpose: CAPTAIN, Captain Jack Sparrow.
If I was to ask you ‘what is your treasure’, how would you answer?
What is the one thing that you can’t live without?
Maybe the better question is, what are you always thinking about? What grips your thoughts when you wake in the morning, and stirs in your head as you fall asleep?
We all have our treasures. For some, it is our relationships. For others it is a possession. Yet for others it is a desire: to be liked, or maybe to make more money.
See like Jack Sparrow, the thing that we treasure begins to shape who were are. Jack spent his life finding, enjoying, losing and seeking after the Black Pearl. The desire of this boat left him crazy, desperate, anxious, broken, jealous, fearful, worried and lonely. I wonder if the desire for your treasure ever leaves you feeling any of these emotions?
The Bible has something to say about this, actually the Bible has quite a lot to say about this! See for many people their treasure is money or involves money. Money is a key factor to owning, or caring, or providing for your treasure. God actually cares about the topic of money so much, it is mentioned over 800 times throughout scripture! Check out what Matthew wrote below:
Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.
It’s obvious, isn’t it?
The place where your treasure is,
is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Having put my treasure in so many things, from football, to money, to relationships… I found that when I put my treasure in God, I was left in a place that was radically different than before. Rather than being anxious, I am satisfied. Rather than being broken, I am whole. Rather than being fearful, I feel blessed. Rather than being jealous, I am content. Rather than being lonely, I am loved.
Let me challenge you to ask God ‘where your treasure is’.
Ask him to change your attitude towards loving him first.
Decide how you will use your money and your possessions in a way that honours him.
And maybe its time to give up on your treasure and seek after the treasure that is safe from moth and rust and burglars.