We’re fascinated by treasure.
People traveled across land and sea in search of gold. Deep mines are delved far into the earth in the hopes of finding even the smallest diamond. Even as kids, we draw treasure maps and wonder at stories of pirates and buried treasure.
An easy answer is the value of treasure. The sheer worth of the object – whether it’s gold, jewels or money – is enough to fascinate us. But I think it’s something even more primal and innate that drives our treasure sensations.
In our passage today, Jesus implores those listening to lay up for themselves treasures in heaven. To not be preoccupied with earthly treasures. He explains his reasoning in verse 21:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
We think earthly treasures are beautiful. And they are…to a point. It’s hard to deny the beauty of gold or diamonds or rubies. But they don’t fulfill us. They are only temporary. In Jesus words, these treasures are “where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”
The thing is, most of us don’t come in contact with gold or jewels on a daily basis. For most of us, our treasure of choice is money. Jesus knew this. He addresses it in verse 24:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Look, money isn’t bad. It is not the root of all evil. The correct quote comes from 1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
That verse is saying the exact same thing as Jesus in our passage. Don’t let money become your master. Don’t love it like you love God. Don’t love it like you love your family. Don’t love it like you love your friends. In its rightful place, money is a great thing. In the wrong place, it becomes scary.
So choose your treasures wisely. Choose things like time, presence, and intention. Choose love, joy, and hope.
Above all, choose God. If you treasure Him, the fascination will never end. He’s the treasure that doesn’t go away.
The Heavenly Treasure.