Thoughts about treasure

TreasureImagine that everything in your life is in your house. Now, imagine that this house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would that be?

Whatever that is, it would be your treasure.

Your treasure is what you hold on to when all hell breaks loose in your life and answers seem nowhere in sight.

Your treasure is what you won’t give up when something has to go in your busy schedule. You will do without a lot of things, but you will never do without your treasure.

Of course, Jesus said that our treasure is where our heart is (Matt.6:21).

And our heart is a funny thing. It doesn’t lie. We may say otherwise with our mind, even convince everyone else around us. But our heart is like a precision compass, always pointing true north–to what we value most.

Why am I bringing this up?

I do so because this is at the very center of why so many blood-bought children of God struggle in their walk with Christ. Why their Christian experience seems like a roller-coaster ride, going up and down, full of spins and turns, yet never really going anywhere.

I bring this up because when your ship seems to be sinking, when your life seems to be falling apart, you will always hang on to who or what you value most. And unfortunately, for many Christians under these circumstances, it’s their daily relationship with Christ and the fellowship in His family (called the church) that gets thrown overboard.

Why is this so?

It’s because, even though they given their life to Christ, they’ve never found the true treasure. Here’s what Jesus said about it…

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
treasure hidden in a field,
which a man found and hid;
and for joy over it he goes
and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matt.13:44 NKJV)

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is this true treasure. And this place isn’t somewhere you wait to go to when you die. It’s living in you now (Luke 17:20-21).

But I also want you to notice the response of the man who finds this treasure.

It’s one of  joy and total abandon.

Have you ever been head-over-heels in love? This is what it’s like to find this treasure. You are so full of joy that nothing else matters. You don’t care what your friends think, your parents think…you’re totally beside yourself, crazy in love.

By the way, this is why the Greek philosophers thought falling in love was a form of insanity!

Joy and total abandon are always the hallmarks of finding treasure.

We need to understand something important here. No one has to tell you to give everything for it. In fact, they may say the opposite; they may say you’re foolish for doing so. But no one, not anything, will stop you from doing so because your heart’s on fire and every cell in your body seems to be singing–you must have this treasure at any cost.

So a life filled with joy and total abandon is all about finding this treasure.

But if you came to Christ because you wanted to escape hell, the Great Tribulation…or maybe you just wanted Jesus to fix the mess you were in…you still haven’t found this treasure.

You still value other things more…like self-preservation.

And you might’ve even been to told to surrender all to Christ so you attempt to do so, but your heart was not in it. So you’re left in your religious performance trap, feeling frustrated and guilty…because it’s not your treasure.

So now you’re living a life full of conflict between what you think you should do and what you really want to do–your treasure.

But as soon as fear of hell is relieved, or life gets back into some semblance of order, many go back to what they really want to do (either in secret or just leaving their commitment to Christ). They give up their conflicted life in Christ for the pleasures they really want but can’t have–because you can only go against what your heart really wants for so long.

For what your heart wants is much stronger than what your will forbids.

It might not even be about sin. It might just be about getting busy doing other things than passionately pursuing a life in Christ.

But it’s always about passionately pursuing your treasure.

All of this is simply because you still haven’t found this treasure in the field that Jesus is talking about. And this heart conflict is all by God’s design. For He created you for passion and desire and fulfillment, not to be controlled by head-knowledge and self-determination.

And you will only be truly satisfied with this treasure, so while you may pursue other things, your soul is haunted by something you know is out there but you haven’t yet found.

Next time I want to talk about precious pearls–the parable that follows this one. Because I believe that Jesus put it there to help us find this treasure. Until then, I would like you to think about why you came to Christ. And what you will never do without, even if you lost everything else. What would you never give up, no matter what happens in your life.  Because that’s your treasure.

Photo credit: by Kym McLeod (modified) – used by permission through freeimages.com
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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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8 Responses to Thoughts about treasure

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    OUCH! Mel, did you hit home with me. God spoke to me in one of those epiphany moments while I was reading your post today. I mean right between the eyes. Unfortunately, it was a sad, disappointing epiphany I may share with you one day. It is deeply personal, though. I would like to re-blog this, but I’d like to copy, cut and paste into one of my posts, rather than reblogging it from here. I’ll be giving you full credit, of course, and putting in a link back to your site if it’s okay that I do that. Please let me know. My email is stevesaw@gmail.com.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “Ouch” with God is good, though. 🙂 For He always puts His finger on the area of our next breakthrough. And He’s certainly done that with me in this area many times so I’m happy to share the love.
      And, yes, you may cut and paste with a link back to this post. Much appreciated. Blessings.

  2. Great post Mel! It really makes you think about whether God holds the #1 spot in our lives or if we might have idols that replace Him that we need to get rid of. I would never want to be loved by someone because “they have to” for some reason, and God doesn’t want to be loved out of duty either. It’s so important that just like in any relationship, we keep it vibrant and strong by investing into it daily and continuing to seek Christ no matter how well we think we know Him. There have been many moments where I feel like I’ve forgotten my “first love” and it’s sad to see that relationship with God that was once the center of everything slip into the background. But with His help we can all go back to that place again where He is our greatest treasure and if we had only one thing in our life we couldn’t live without we wouldn’t have to think twice about whether it would be Him or not. Thank you for sharing this. Be blessed!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks, Anna. Yes, I know what you mean. I shared about all the idols I realized I had in a previous post (“Tearing Down my Religious Idols“). The point I’m trying to make here is that, even though we would like God to hold the #1 spot in our heart, He won’t until we’ve discovered this treasure. Until we do, it’s like someone who wants to be in love but isn’t. They don’t feel it in their heart. We’ve come to God for other reasons. But finding this treasure, like being in love, always results in joy and total abandon. So, the answer is not in trying harder, telling people to shape up, but in finding the treasure. The treasure is the answer, not our willpower or good intentions. I hope that makes sense! 🙂 I will try to clarify more in my next post.

      And like you said, once you’ve discovered this secret to life, stay in that place of your first love. Always pruning back our life to love when things get complicated. It’s so very simple when you think about it this way. Blessings.

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