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.