By Sarah Morrison
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co.
There’s no shortage of verses that our surrounding culture likes to latch onto and adopt. Walk through a craft store of any type and you’re liable to find plenty verses on plaques to hang in your home. These things are good reminders, things that help us to keep our eyes on what is good, holy, and true. Things that we hide away in our heart for times of grief and suffering. It is a good thing to surround ourselves with Scripture. But, what if that passage or verse doesn’t mean what you (or more importantly, non-Christian businesses) think it means?
There are a few examples of this, but one that’s been on my mind lately is “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This verse is weighty and rich. It’s speaks to the eternal nature of our souls, the affections in our heart that should be founded on God. Unfortunately, this verse has been haphazardly plucked, unknowingly isolated from the important verses around it. Now, you can find this quote with the word “family” scrawled above it, or even on the outside of your own personal treasure box. Christians are treasure-hunters by trade, looking for our ultimate prize in the Jesus Christ. But it seems we’re eager to forget that we’ve already been told where the most precious treasure is to be found.
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Our treasure isn’t found on this side of Heaven. Our treasure isn’t in our family. Our prize is not our houses or the contents of them. Our wealth comes from the richness of the Lord. Our possessions can and will be destroyed. They will rust and decay, they are liable to be stolen, they are far from permanent. Believers are called and compelled to hunt for treasures not of this world, something that is enduring and unrelenting.
Nevertheless, we often find ourselves in the position of storing up impermanent treasures in this life. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Can you sense what a stern warning this is to us? This isn’t a kitschy phrase talking about the love of family or a vault of precious items. This verse is reflective, causing us to examine ourselves and ask, “am I hunting for treasure in this earthen bed, or am I looking farther ahead and hunting for things I cannot yet see?”
For I want you to know how greatly I am struggling for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:1-3
Paul is imprisoned at the point where he is writing Colossians, yet he still speaks of treasure. He is poor, but he is speaking of wealth. Though he is struggling and though the recipients of this letter are struggling, he knows where to look for riches, wealth, and treasure— he looks to Christ. “In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” The wisdom and knowledge that comes from Christ does not pass away or fade. We get richer from it. Christ is our richest treasure. We store up the knowledge of Him in our hearts, having full confidence that our pining after Him will never return void.
“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. “1 Peter 1:18-19
The treasures of this world bring us into the emptiness of life, but the wealth of Jesus Christ offers us an inheritance that will never fade away. We rest in this. We have confidence in this. Our inheritance, our ultimate treasure and prize, is waiting for us after this life. The emptiness and hollowness of the treasures found in this world will be no more and we will have finally found and partaken in our everlasting treasure.
The point of all of this is to say: keep treasure hunting. Continue on in poring over the Scriptures knowing the immeasurable value of the eternal Word of God. Continue looking forward, up, and ahead to the imperishable inheritance we will receive in Jesus Christ in the New Heavens and New Earth. Continue to preach to yourself every day that the treasures of this world will undoubtedly be destroyed by moth, rust, and thieves. Set your sights on things above for where your heart is, there your heart will be also.