27th October 2020

Spiritual Treasure 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21 (NKJV)

When you were young, did you ever dream of finding some hidden treasure that would instantly make you rich? I did—but alas, my dream was as far as it got!!

The year was 1848, and gold nuggets were discovered in the Sacramento Valley, California. As news of the discovery spread, tens of thousands of prospective gold miners descended on California the following year in their quest for riches. By 1852 the ‘Gold Rush’ peaked, after which a total of $2 billion worth of precious metal was extracted, equating to over 750,000 pounds of gold!

Along came the year 2009, and a young man with a metal detector unearthed a hoard of Saxon gold in a Staffordshire field. This amazing find of around 3,500 items of gold and silver netted 3.3 million pounds! When interviewed he constantly asked the questions, “Why was I allowed to find this treasure and not someone else?” And, “Had I been specially singled out for this?” Those are great questions, especially in light of the fact that Jesus told people that his Kingdom is like treasure buried in a field waiting to be found (Matthew 13:44). This treasure, of course, is of a Spiritual nature, and not material, and is destined to last forever.

One day a rich young man approached Jesus and asked him what good thing he could do that he might have eternal life. Jesus seeing the young man’s problem said, “‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Matthew 19:21-22).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts us all to not lay up temporary treasures on earth, but, rather, to lay up permanent treasures in heaven—“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” he said.

Money and riches are not inherently evil if used wisely to help others less fortunate. A problem can arise when a rich person is not willing to share his or her wealth, resulting in it becoming an obsession and/or a god. Let’s follow our Lord’s advice and lay up lots of spiritual treasure in our ultimate destiny—heaven.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, you have taught us in your Word not to set our hearts on physical riches and wealth, as these can detract our attention away from worshiping you. Help us, rather, to set our sights on the true riches of heaven which you are preparing us for. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by John Magowan

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About the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School Hall
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
lisburngracecom@gmail.com
Phone: 07836 613686
Email:  bobbeggs@hotmail.com

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