Treasures

Posted by Dave Zimmermann on November 02, 2022

Matthew 6:19-21 
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

I've been reading a book called "Reactivity" by Paul David Tripp in order to understand why our culture (including me) seems so open to taking pot shots at each other.  One of the reasons that Tripp gives for this is Jesus statement in Matthew 6.   Tripp defines a "treasure" as something that controls us, something that rises in our thinking to being so important it controls how we think, desire, and act.

When we place our faith in Jesus for salvation, we are given a new heart.  That means that the only thing worth valuing is what my new heart values or what Jesus values.  Sometimes my thinking doesn't line up with my new heart.  Sometimes I allow my thinking to take a fleshly approach rather than the new hearted approach Jesus wants me to.  And so, what I value does not line up with what Jesus values. 

Here are some examples... In my fleshly thinking, I value how many people were in church on Sunday. I value how the church's finances are doing, I value how many arguments I've won or how influential I am.  That's my flesh speaking... the flesh that I'm to "reckon" as dead and buried six feet under.  (Romans 6)

Instead of dwelling in this unhealthy realm of the flesh, God wants me to be in the realm of the new spirit that He has placed within me.  This spirit is brand new, righteous, and clean.  Therefore, rather than focusing on fleshly accomplishments, I need to ask God to help me refocus on what He has done.  I've been given new life.  My sins have been washed away, they are GONE!  I have a heavenly destination and a holy calling.  Then my focus is on the awesomeness of His power, the finality of His victory, and the generous grace I have received.  Those are the treasures that will never fail, disappear, or disappoint.
 

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