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Treasure

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  Luke 6:45

Treasure of his heart…

What is treasure?  Most I believe would immediately say, “Gold, Silver, Gems, etc.”  I know it is easy for me to remember fantasies imagined during childhood of finding buried treasure!  Treasure hidden away and forgotten.

Webster’s 1828 gives a few different definitions;
1. Treasure is accumulated wealth kept in reserve.
2. A great quantity of anything collected for future use.
3. Something very much valued.
4. To hoard or lay up something.

Here is accountability.  The burden or responsibility for what comes out of a person’s conduct is placed solely upon the individual.  It is out of the individual’s own heart that proceed the words and actions that make up the person’s conversation (life), it is out of the treasures of the heart.

The lifestyles we lead, the decisions we make, the attitudes we cling to, are all determined by what we have chosen to store up in our hearts.

What do you value most?  What have you chosen to lay up in your heart?  Do you place more value on the immediate?  Is immediate self-gratification the primary concern?  Do Pleasure and Comfort reign supreme in your life? How about sports, fitness, entertainment? Or perhaps the more mundane, where all energy is given to working and paying the bills;  to keeping house; to caring for the children, your parents, the church, the boss, on and on and on the list goes.

I will concede that most of the aforementioned activities have a rightful place in our lives…  But should they be treasures?  I am not speaking of things that hold legitimate affection.  We should love and care for our family and neighbors, and attend to our bills and maintenance of home and such.

But they cannot hold first place in our hearts.

What about the meaner things?  What about deceitfulness, lies, addictions?  How about adulteries, unfaithfulness, and immorality?  Idolatry, pride, envy, arrogance, hate, malice, selfishness this list too goes on and on and on.

This goes to show the absolute sovereignty and wisdom of God, in that He knows we will be more apt to treasure these types of things in our heart, so He lovingly warns us.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I am sure some are thinking the general context of Luke 6:45 has more to do with the spoken word, “for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” I agree, but I believe the meaning can go much deeper, to represent how we live.  Example; If you treasure football more than you do Christ, your love of football will be more apparent in your life, in the time spent watching, playing, discussing, all things football – where the time would be spent for Christ.  Conversely, if Christ be formed in you and He is your treasure, you will not live a life of continual sinfulness.  Rather than lies you will speak truth; instead of hate – love will flow from you; selfishness gives way to selflessness, and so on.

So then, let Christ be your treasure!  Repent!  Confess your sins and turn to Christ!  Let all the burdens of the sinful life be washed away by the blood of Christ.  Let His wisdom lead you through your days and the needs thereof.
Colossians 2:2,3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

And the immediate reward is, if we make Christ our treasure… we become His treasure!
Exodus 5:19 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

However, if your treasure be evil…
James 5:3 applies to you, Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.  And, Romans 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

What treasure will you store up?

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