April 19, 2019 – Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21.

What is my treasure?  The one thing I think about most, pray for, desire more than any other one thing.  After a lifetime of wanting, I realize my real moments of joy are not things at all.  They are relationships that continually produce love, joy, and peace.  These tender relationships begin with parents, then siblings, then mates, children and their children!  

Once we know that the greatest treasure of all is Jesus Christ and his eternal Love, we begin to enjoy the truest of all Treasure.   My Mother had my little brother memorize, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I didn’t understand then, yet later, I knew our true treasure cannot be kept in treasure box.   

What points us to the true treasure in our lives? It is the sweetness of seeking  the Kingdom of God first and His righteousness. God’s Word provides a Haven of Treasure described in Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  This fruit from the Spirit takes away anxiety and Jesus becomes our treasure.  

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:33-34.