“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” (Luke 12:32-40, NRSV)
When I get my life together, then I will go to church…
Have you ever heard that?
People don’t understand it isn’t possible to do that without God. Or they think I can’t go to church because I will not be accepted. Well, the church is a hospital for sinners, and all of us have something to work on. But the line in this passage that really gets to this is often misquoted… “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be.”
“Where your heart is, there your treasure will be.”
Ok no that isn’t what it says, but isn’t that what we think. Once I get my life right, I will see my treasure in God.
No. that is not how it works.
You see Jesus tells his disciples to sell everything and give it away so there is nothing in their lives to treasure but God. Because if you really want to know where your heart is, look at your checkbook.
You see the passage says that where your treasure is, there your heart will be. So you want to have your heart be with God, then God must be your treasure. God must be the one thing you do not want to lose. The things your life longs after. And that is why Jesus tells them to not fear, to place all of their trust in God, not in their possessions, or anything else, just God.
Because where your treasure is, there your heart will be.
So where is your treasure?