Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Tuesday, 6 August 19:
Luke 12:21, 34 — So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God…. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
What a person truly treasures will define how they respond to everything else, to every other person and every circumstance. People guard their treasures, seek their security, joy, hope, and identity from their treasures, are motivated by their treasures and judge everything else based on its relationship with or impact on their treasures. A person’s treasure defines his or her heart; and the heart defines the person’s outlook and guides the person’s decisions about everything else. A person’s treasure is their ultimate core value, what they care about more than anything else. A person’s treasure becomes the foundation of his or her life and sets the course of their life.
Jesus warns that if your treasure is anything other than God, you are building your house on shifting sands rather than the immovable rock of Jesus. Your vision is blindness, and you labor in vain. If your treasure is anything other than Jesus, your treasure is an idol.
Where is your treasure really? About what (or whom) do you care the most? Do you worship an idol? In our day and age, idols are not usually carved images but rather things God intended for good that we have prioritized over God. Career, family, even ministry can become idols when we make them our true treasures rather than God. When the gifts of God become our gods, we develop unhealthy, destructive relationships with the gifts, with the Giver, and with everything else.
Consider, for example, the “dedicated family man” who makes family his idol: Family becomes his identity, his measure of success, his security, his place for validation, his source of strength, his meaning for life, and his hope. Everything else is judged as good or bad based on its perceived impact on the family. If a person is perceived to be a threat to the family, that person treated poorly. Even God is judged based on what happens to the family. When the family suffers, God’s love and sovereignty is questioned. When the family becomes an idol, the family man turns to them for love that can only come from God (God is love), so the man takes love but has nothing to really give – the family suffers. If the family falls apart, the family-centered man’s entire world falls apart, and the family man has no place to turn. On the other hand, the God-centered family man, the man resting on the firm foundation of Jesus, the man connected to the Source of Love and Life as a branch is connected to a vine, offers stability and hope to His family, becomes a source of love to His family, bears fruit in His family, leads them along the path of Light and Life, and experiences the fullness of joy with His family through the inevitable trials of life.
When Jesus is your treasure, you have the right perspective on everything else, can experience the fullness of joy in life regardless of circumstances, and can a light to others.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 6 August 19: Pray that God will give you a heart that keeps Him your true treasure.