Second Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Where Are Your Treasures At?
Jesus once said that where our treasures are, there is where our heart truly lies (Matt. 6:21). So, what would people say that you treasure the most? Is it your job? Maybe it’s your family. Perhaps it’s something else. But can anything on earth really measure up to the value of the Spirit of God in us? No, that is the most treasured of all things and in particular Jesus Christ, Who came to die for us and truly didn’t deserve it. What is more valuable than your soul and your eternal destination? Can a man or woman put a price on their saving faith? What can compare with the riches that are found only in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 8:9)? The point is, where you keep your treasure, that’s where your heart is (Luke 12:34).
In Jesus Christ we have all the treasures that anyone could ever desire, if they only knew in Whom those who are saved are hidden in, and those are the treasures of the true wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ (Col. 2:3). We can’t even fathom the depth of the riches and knowledge of God because they’re totally unsearchable (Rom. 11:33). Let’s imagine that we lived in nation that is hostile to Christianity. Sixty percent of the world lives in these areas; that is around 100 million people in all. Now imagine you are there and they drag you into a court. Would there be enough evidence to convict you in a court of law that you treasure Jesus Christ and your faith more than anything else? Would your neighbors be witnesses and have enough evidence on you to convict you of being a Christian? If not, they would say you didn’t treasure God enough to be sent to prison for your faith. What would your best friends say you most treasure in life? Would they clearly know it was God? Would that be the first thing they said about you or about me? I would pray it would be that we treasure Jesus Christ above everything.
Time and Money
They say that time is money, but if we break this down into different categories, what do you spend the most time doing? Where does most of your money go? Bill Bright once said that Christians spend only 2.3% of their money in supporting the work of Christ. Americans spend more than eight times their money on pets than they do on the kingdom. What does that say about me? What does that say about you? Would others say you love your pets more than God? Some people I counsel say their family is more loving and tender with their pets and spends more time with their pets than they do with them? They speak to their pets in a much softer, gentler tone than they do them! In other words, some people treat their pets better than their own family and friends! Is that true about you? What about me!? Would people say you adore your pets more than God? If we asked people who know you and who know me, would they say that you and I treasure our weekends, our sports, our money, our jobs, and our pets more than God? Very convicting, isn’t it?
A Closing Prayer
Great God, please forgive me for not always putting You first, and help me to invest my time into those things which are eternal and not things that will pass away, things like a kind act, a generous gift, and a selfless love of others. I pray others would clearly answer the question that what they treasure most is You and that nothing else comes close. In Jesus strong name I pray.
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