â€œFor where your treasure is, there your heart will be alsoâ€
That red â€™94 Cutlass Supreme was MINE. I drove it off the new car lot one day (20 years ago) as soon as they attached the spinner knob to the steering wheel, which I needed to drive because my right hand is paralyzed due to a stroke 4 years earlier (1990).
February 9, 2014 was the day my â€œbuddyâ€ and I would part. However, I did get an opportunity to see my â€œtreasureâ€ once more; they had her parked among others in a â€œgraveyardâ€ of cars once useful but now abandoned, lonely and sad.
There are times when we have to let go of things, even people, habits and hang-ups, pride, etc. If we cannot take them with us, why do we try to cling to them now? If we cherish people and things in our hearts above all else, then they become idols which control us and make us self-centered and demanding. God wants us to be content with the things that we have and donâ€™t have (Hebrews 13:5).
â€œDo not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be alsoâ€ (Matthew 6:19-21).
According to an unknown source, Asian villagers capture a monkey by placing fruit in a vase or other container. The monkey sticks his hand in the container to grab a banana, but when he tries to pull it out, he gets stuck. There isn’t enough room for the monkey to get both his hand and the fruit past the opening. If the monkey were to let go, he could easily extract his hand, but refusing to let go, the animal is trapped by his own greed.
Sometimes our refusal to let go of our â€œtreasured possessionsâ€ trap and prevent us from going forward spiritually with Christ. He said that life does not consist in the abundance of the things we possess (Luke 12:15). Satisfaction, or contentment, is not possessing everything but being thankful for everything we possess.
It is idolatry when we hunger more for worldly riches than the treasures of knowing and pleasing God. Lasting pleasure and security are found only in the Lord. He richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. As we seek Him and delight in Him, we will discover lasting satisfaction in our souls.
When we love the Lord more than our worldly possessions, we find that He is the greatest treasure we can have. Knowing Him, obeying and delighting in Him, is the source of genuine satisfaction.
Have you forsaken ALL earthly treasures and asked the blessed Holy Spirit to fill you with His love and power?
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. â€“Judson W. Van De Venter