“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
It was Christmas of 1973; everything was good with the world. Northern Indiana snow, family and friends, time to open presents. I had only one wish that year: to get a basketball. And I couldn’t have been happier when my wish came true with a brand new Wilson ball. It quickly became my treasure. I would play non-stop – inside, outside, hot or cold. It was just me and my ball. I honestly had no desire to do much of anything else other than to shoot and play imaginary games in which I won any and every championship. My heart was hooked on hoops.
In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us to not store up treasures on this earth where thieves can steal and rust can decay, but rather to store up treasures in Heaven and long for the day when we enter His presence. Today, our treasures vary from person to person. For some, it is their homes or their children; for others it is their cars or material possessions; still others treasure things like physical appearance. One only needs to look at his or her calendar or checkbook to see their treasures. Our treasures get our time, money and hearts.
Even though my basketball wore out, my love for the game never did. As I graduated from college and began coaching, basketball was still my treasure. I was a Christian, but my top priority was basketball. It took the birth and death of my third child for me to understand that I was storing up treasure in the wrong things and places. My son, through his life, taught me that eternity is where my heart should be.
I would love to say I have it all figured out regarding where my heart should be, but I sometimes get off track. My time, my money, my thoughts and my heart are not always Christ-centered. But my prayer is that we all would ponder the paths of our feet and number our days, keeping the first things first: our faith in Christ and the perspective of Him as Lord and Savior.
I still love basketball, but I do my best to make sure it is a distant second to my pursuit of Christ. Today, take some time to evaluate your treasures. Ask yourself, “Where is my heart?”
1. What is the top priority in your life?
2. Make a list of the things you put in front of your relationship with Christ. Pray about each one and ask God to give you guidance regarding how to change your heart.
3. Today, how can you make Jesus Christ and God’s Word your treasure?
2 Chronicles 16:9
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jere Johnson is a FCA staff member from Chicago area. If you would like to contact Jere, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.