Treasures – Determining the Values in Life

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What has dominated your time, energy, and money this week? Maybe you have spent the week focused on your children, grandchildren, or other family members. Or perhaps you feel your life has been consumed by your work or career. You may have allowed your money to find focus on others, essentials, or even special treats for yourself. No matter where or what you focused upon if you look back and find that most of your weeks are filled with similar things, chances are those are the people, things, or ways of life that you consider your treasures, and value the most.

So, what treasures did you come up with? If we find that our treasures control our life, then we want to make sure that what we treasure reflects the values of God’s Kingdom. For if our life is being controlled with things outside of that, it is probably time to do some serious reflection, cleaning out, and realigning our life.

Where we place our God-given resources of time, money, and energy is where we find the most success and or profit in our life. So, it stands to reason, that it is most important that we use the resources that God provides us wisely and not selfishly, aiming to use them as much as we can for His purposes.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Luke 12:34 (NLT)

Treasures – A Valuable Word

The word treasures is a versatile word as it can be both a noun and a verb. Most often when we think of the word treasures we immediately think of money, jewels, or other precious things that are stored. But the noun, treasures, are really things of great worth, value, or considered precious. This covers a wide range of things to include people and time.

As a verb, according to Merriam-Webster, the word treasures means to hold or keep something as precious. Other ways to describe the verb, treasures, includes to cherish or prize something or someone. It also can hold somewhat of a negative connotation if we associate the word, hoard with it, meaning to collect and store up something of value. If we hoard our treasures and refuse to share with others we can’t invest and store them in heaven.

As we give further thought to the word treasures, we might even think about a treasure map where the bounty is found in a hidden location and it promises to bring us all our desires if we can reach it. However, we want to use or think about the word treasures, it is important to know and recognize the things we value the most in our lives.

Is it Time for a Treasure Inventory Check?

No matter what treasures we hold it is important that we allow the love of God to touch all of them. When we use our treasures that God gives us in abundance to help others, we are investing in our rewards or treasures for our future in eternity. In addition, it is equally important to realize that if we find that our resources are keeping us from helping others, it is time to get rid of them so we can be more in line with the purposes of God.

It is important that we periodically do a self-inventory check to determine what treasures we are holding onto. If we find that our focus is not aligning first with God, then it is time to declutter our life. For we must be careful of what we hold and cherish the most because if we aren’t these things can quickly become our sole focus and take us away from our Creator. We must realign our attitude and actions to not allow anything to come between us and God nor hold onto anything selfishly that keeps us from using the resources God gives us in over-abundance.

Let us all take the challenge to use our treasured resources to show we love God with all our heart by using the resources He provides in ways that please Him. Allow our convictions to follow the commands given to use our abundant treasures to help one another in every way possible. Find our motivation in remembering that God’s family works best when we all work together. Surround ourselves in the comfort of knowing that our greatest reward will one day be given to us in eternity. Because by storing our treasures today in heaven, we are saving up for that “Sunny Day!”

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure – people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith and good character.

John Ortberg

Extra Study

Matthew 6:21,19:21; Acts 2:45

What are Your Thoughts?

Have you completed a recent treasure inventory in your life? Do you consider the focus of your time, energy, and money as your treasures? Share your thoughts on the treasures of your life and how you plan and use them now, allowing you to also store them for eternity.

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