“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Jesus said that. And he’s been saying it to me recently. I guess you could say he’s been asking me; what really matters? What do I value? Is there anything I value above him?
Starting with a firm resolve to know Jesus Himself and the revealing of Jesus as the Bread of Life in me, and then following certain events in the last year, I see things very differently now.
I don’t think one of those events on it’s own would have had this effect. These events are so interlinked with one theme that it can’t be ignored. The theme is death.
Whether it’s the death of people, the death of something institutional or organisational, the death of ideas and plans or things held dear, or the death of an old way of doing things, I have had to trust Jesus to lead me through all of it and to simply live in him, in Life. Jesus has a wonderful and incredible way of taking death and transforming it into Life!
In all this, I have found that when we really experience Life, we will find out what really matters.
And also what really doesn’t.
You see, I’m also challenged by these words from Paul in his writing to the Philippians when he says,
“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
Paul was doing pretty well for himself if you read what he says before that. He then experienced death to Life. When Christ is revealed in us, we best be prepared for the death of our identity, our status, our position, our ego, our very reputation. And also the death of things that we have built up, and consequently the walls that we might have built up to protect those things! It all means nothing when everything is Jesus. Nothing else is left when it’s all about him.
That’s the treasure. He is the gift of the Father. That was Paul’s revelation, the loss of all things which he then saw as rubbish, compared to having Jesus Himself. Are we prepared to suffer the loss of all things for Jesus?
Jesus also said this.
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
It means that what I talk about most, the very words that I speak, might just reveal what I treasure and where my heart is! As I said in a Facebook post, “I do hope it’s Jesus….”
Eat the Bread, drink the Living Water. Let our treasure be Jesus Himself, and him only.