Priceless Treasure

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:21

I got up early to spend quiet time with Jesus.

Somehow I got distracted with making coffee for my husband and I, with sons coming and going and just simply being quiet before the LORD.

This past week has been really busy. So I hope you’ll forgive me for the late start. I’m not always as organized as I used to be.

As always, I try to get a sense of what the Lord is directing me to write about.

I read and searched this morning.

But what really stuck with me this time, which I felt convicted to write about, was a key concept in a sermon my brother shared with our family yesterday.

It was a sermon about Judas Iscariot.

As you may or may not know Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples betrayed Jesus. All of that was part of God’s plan for our salvation. (Matthew 27:1-10, Acts 1:15-20)

In the end, Jesus gets handed over to those who will crucify him, for just 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave.

As I listened to the sermon unfold, some of it was difficult to hear, but truth all the same, the point that stood out was the question, “is Jesus” our priceless treasure?

Therefore, I chose the Bible Verse Matthew 6:21 as the Scripture for today.

Last year I wrote about Holy Week during Holy Week. I suggest reading the Easter Story this week ahead as well.

We should all ask ourselves, “Is Jesus my richest treasure?”

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

What are the distractions in your life, in mine?

For me, the things that take me away from my love of Jesus are sometimes material things I “like” too much, and the search for them. You know, shopping and such.

Or sometimes festivities.

Not that these things are wrong. No. But only if we focus on them more than on Jesus, and sometimes I do.

What about you?

And the idol of Social Media. Not for writing God’s Word or the Blog, but scrolling needlessly and wasting time that should be more productive. Yes, Social Media can be an addiction for me. What about you?

So I guess those are some of my areas of sin. What about you?

And we need to repent of what we waste our time on instead of seeking Jesus, our richest treasure ever, for those who have found Him as such. Repent and change. They go together. Just repenting isn’t enough. There needs to be change. Conviction of the need for change.

So as I listened to that sermon, it convicted me to give up willingly with God’s help some things that take me away from my love of Jesus. And if it helps one person, I will be vulnerable here. I hope you will share in the comments as well.

But here’s the thing, as I listened to that sermon, a warmth spread through every fibre of my being as it asked, “is Jesus my richest treasure?” Jesus fills my heart with longing to make Him and keep Him as my richest treasure. How is that for you?

We need to pray we will never deny our love for Jesus, and that we will always keep Him first. For, that love of Jesus that flows from His heart to our own is a priceless treasure worth searching for with all our hearts. Worth holding out for the world to see. Worth more than any silver shekel, gold coin, or paper bill ever created.

As Easter approaches… let us take time to meditate on our priceless treasure.

Jesus Christ. King of the believer’s heart (though sinful that it is, repentant, so it is also).

What treasure are you filling your heart with today?

Does the love of Jesus warm your heart and fill it to the brim?

Jesus, priceless treasure,

source of purest pleasure,

friend most sure and true:

long my heart was burning,

fainting much and yearning,

thirsting, Lord, for you.

Yours I am, O spotless Lamb,

so will I let nothing hide you,

seek no joy beside you!

Catherine Winkworth

Psalter Hymnal 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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