Luke 12:34 NKJV - "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
I want to put a different focus on this verse than you might normally have. Most of us are aware that Jesus' wants us to "store our treasures in heaven" rather than think of banks or hidden caves here on earth. I don't want to take away from that but please think of this. What do you hold valuable here? When you think of your wealth, what or who do you think of? What or who really "has your heart" here?
Think of Jesus. Think about what He owned as a man on this earth. Sure, as God He owned everything! But when He started out on His public ministry He would tell people He had no home of His own. When it came time to pay the temple tax He sent Peter fishing! Peter caught a fish with a coin in its mouth! When we read of anything He owned only His coat was mentioned. What or who did Jesus find valuable? Think about that.
Let me ask you the question, "Where is your wealth?" Sure, you've "sent much already on ahead" and you can say "My wealth is in Heaven." Good. But what do you value here? You may have noticed I kept asking "what" or "who." Reason for that is that my wealth is not the stuff or the money I might have. It's the people I know, the people I love who are of greater value than any other riches I might possess. And the best Person I have is Jesus! And with Jesus comes the whole Godhead, as I mentioned in an earlier Daily Verse this week. Then, after Jesus comes my wife, Ellen, my children, Liz, Steve, and Becca, then my extended family, my church family including my many Christian friends, my neighbors and regular acquaintances I see often. It's PEOPLE! Sure, I know how valuable is the written Word of God, and that is included in Jesus and my salvation. But people are of more value to me than any item I can think of.
And that's where Jesus' treasure was. How can I say that? Listen to Him, "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also." His treasure was US! And His heart reached out to us to show it! He valued people far more than anything else! He loved this world of people and He gave His heart, Himself, to reach this world for Him!
Now, our Daily Verse speaks of where my treasure is there will be my heart as
well. I don't have a problem saying my heart is rich with all the dear ones I've mentioned above. My heart's devotion and dedication isn't to money! What money I have I use for what is my responsibility but then I give most of it away. And it goes to help those I love and meet their needs to help them more readily serve the Lord.
My earthly "treasure" is in my earthly home where my family resides. But my spiritual treasure, including the countless people I've seem come to the Lord, is settled in the vaults of Heaven! My heart is there too. And it's not a divided heart because all those mentioned above are headed in the same direction (or I pray and am working hard towards seeing that happen with those who are yet to be saved!)
Consider your wealth. Who is it? Where is it? I hope both Heaven and your home find your heart's love and devotion!
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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