Where is our treasure? Do we treasure the things of this world or is our treasure Christ?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Matthew 6:21
Where our treasure is our hearts will be there also. If our treasure is this world can we truly say we love Christ? Is Christ one of the most important things, or is He the most important thing?
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” -1 Timothy 6:17-19
This world is not our home. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21). Do we eagerly await Christ? Do we truly claim citizenship in Heaven? Do we live our lives as strangers here in reverent fear (1 Peter 1:17)?
We are called to be set apart. We are called to be in the world, but not of it. Do we live like that? Do we simply claim the name of Christ or do we walk in the way of the cross? Do we live for our glory or do we live to see His name exalted? Do we live religious, self-righteous lives under the guise of Christianity, or do we live in relationship with Jesus Christ?
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” -1 Corinthians 15:17,19-20
If Christ is not real we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!
Grace alone produces saving faith and grace alone unblinds our hearts to Christ’s glory. I pray that His grace would not be without effect! I pray that we would behold His surpassing greatness and hold Him as the true treasure! I pray we would not waste our lives chasing after the fleeting treasures of this world!