For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This is such a simple and profound statement.
If you read verses 22 through 24 of Luke Chapter 12, you will see that Christ is telling his Disciples, and all of us, that God provides us with everything we need to survive. Christ starts with verses 22 and 23:
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Christ instructs his Disciples to not be concerned about worldly things and then lays out the fact that our life is more than just food and clothing and all the things we covet. Christ explains that all other life forms do not fret over material objects. They are given what they need to survive, it’s all there.
And it is all there for us humans, but through the years it’s been made so easy to access that when we lose that ease of access we curse others instead of getting off our ass and going to find it.
Christ is saying that the pursuit of worldly things and desires leads to worry and fear, covetousness, hate and sin. All things which stifle us from making the most of the gift of life that God has given us.
Do not be anxious, worrisome, or fearful about worldly things, all that you need is in front of you. It may take some work to survive, but you’ve been given the ability and the knowledge to be able to survive.
Remember, when Jesus was preaching you did not run down to the convenience store for milk when you ran out. When your pantry was starting to empty, you didn’t worry about when would be a good time to run down to the grocery store to replenish the shelves. You didn’t just turn on a facet when you were thirsty, needed to shower or wash your clothing. And when your clothing was tatter and old you didn’t worry about who you were going to ask to join you on a shopping spree at the outlet mall.
In the days of Christ you had to work at getting your food, you probably had to grow it yourself or work for someone who had the fields and hope to get an equitable share to feed you and your family. Your clothing you made. You probably had to weave your own cloth first.
In those days, you really had a reason to be anxious about just getting the necessities to survive. Yet today, we seem to have more anxiety issues, neurosis, phobias, and other psychological issues, then ever before. But the basic staples of life are more accessible and in greater supply.
Why is this so? Because of verse 34.
Our treasures are in the world. We want, seek, and are told we must want and seek these worldly treasures. We covet and become lazy. We want it and we want it now. We want what others have and we feel cheated if we don’t get it. There are plenty of people who are willing to tell us we’ve been cheated and plenty to tell us we need these worldly things just to survive. They tell us our life is incomplete without these things and so we worry and fret and lose our souls in the process.
So if your treasures are in the world, your heart will be in the world. You will be caught up in the madness and covetousness of man. You will not have room, nor seek to place God and the Kingdom of Heaven in your heart.
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