At The Heart of the Matter

Treasure. We all have it. Every one of us has treasures of some kind. It could be our Coke collection, or our photography equipment or all that Spice Girl stuff we’ve kept since we were in Jr. High School.

Treasures are important to us because we place value on them. Sometimes it’s a monetary value and other times its more a sentimental thing. But either way, we treasure them!

Often it’s the treasures we keep that reveal who we are. We protect them. Keep them secure. Have secrets around them. Spend enormous amounts of time in relation to them.

Maybe that’s why Jesus talked so much about treasure. He knew something about them, and us.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said we need to “store up our treasures in heaven.”

Why? He gave the answer in the very next verse.

Because “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

He knew something. He understood the power of treasure. And he realized that if we give our hearts to the wrong kind of treasure then it’s possible we’ll miss something important.

Here it is. Here is the principle Jesus is teaching: Life organizes itself around the heart, so we need to be careful what we give our heart to.

That’s it. That’s why money and wealth and possessions are so important to understand. If we give our hearts to them then we will find they take the place of Jesus in our life. We'll start to serve them. Instead, as Jesus teaches, to use them for the kingdom of heaven.

“No one can serve two masters,” Jesus says, “you cannot serve both God and Money.”

You just can’t do it. You can’t give your heart to two different treasures. For in the end our hearts are ruled by only one.

So if we want to understand money, wealth and possessions, we would be wise to first take some time to understand our heart.