The Heart of the Matter

“What Matters To You?” Seems like a broad question, but don’t let it be intimidating! I’ve heard it said that “…to see what matters to you, check your bank account.” Basically, it’s stating that what you spend your money on is where your heart is.

I beg to differ, because “treasures” in Matthew 6:20 isn’t only talking about money or material things; it can be areas of the heart, can’t it?

The Greek word for treasures is “thēsauros” – almost looks like Thesaurus. In fact, Thesaurus is named after this Greek word (look it up!). It’s almost as if the names of all the treasures we could store have many words, sounds, and meanings – like an actual Thesaurus. The Greek word means a literal storage place. The heart is a literal place, isn’t it? So, when Jesus said “storing up,” what are you storing in your heart for the life to come?

The real inventory we should be taking is of the heart – not necessarily our bank account (which could or could not give us insight). Heart inventory isn’t what you project on social media or say to your friends in casual conversation – it’s the real heart of the matter.

We all have different personality types that affect how we view life, but on the basic level, we all have treasures. What do you treasure?

People accepting you? Compassion? When others think you are pretty or handsome? Giving? Is it blaming others so you don’t take the heat? Forgiveness? Is it being successful? Love? Is it harboring a secret sin, perhaps? Or is it actual “things?”

Treasures of the heart can be pure or they can be destructive. Regarding the destructive things we treasure, consider this: didn’t we let all petty and earthly “treasures” go when we accepted Christ?

My friends, treasures of the heart should be mirrored with the fruit of the Spirit. Do the desires of your heart reflect the world and its desires or do they reflect Christ and His will? The Bible clearly says that worldly treasure will rot, rust, and spoil. Treasures that are stored in Heaven (showing compassion, prayers, forgiveness, service, etc) cannot be destroyed by moth or rust! And… they can’t be stolen from us. My friend, treasure what is eternal and lasting. Love someone today. Forgive someone today. Be kind to someone today. And remember, the greatest treasure to receive is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:20-21; Luke 6:45; Psalm 119:11; Leviticus 19:17-18; Galatians 5:22-23.

©️Rachel D. Lyne 2020

About Rachel D. Lyne

Christian Living Author: "The Apple, A Woman's Battle Plan: Overcoming Forbidden Fruit in Marriage," Devotionals, Poetry, & Christian magazine content creator.
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