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Treasure of No Eternal Value

Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, March 23, 2021

My wife and her siblings were going through paperwork left behind by her father that left them with some questions. They found a mysterious 1918 deed to some property they are now trying to locate and identify.

Although my wife's family name is not on the deed (unless it was the transaction of an unknown distant relative), one name is connected to my relatives. This has generated a lot of curious talk, and certainly many questions.

Who knows where her father got the deed. He was known for picking up many curiosities at yard sales along the way. Maybe it is/was of no value to anyone but him—just an antique document. All is speculation, but it will not amount to anything of eternal concern.

Jesus spoke of finding treasure in a couple of His short parables in Matthew 13. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (v44, 45). This man happens to stumble upon the truth of the kingdom. He recognizes its value and does all he can to obtain that spiritual treasure.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (v46). This second man feels a void in his life and goes searching for the truth of God’s kingdom. When he finds it, he does the same as the first, gives up everything to obtain its spiritual blessing.

Jesus used physical treasures to illustrate these truths because He knew how we look at riches and wealth. But the Lord applied the value to the spiritual kingdom of heaven. He said the kingdom is “like” these treasures. And the Good News is—Christ offers this valuable, spiritual gift, to anyone who wants it (John 3:16; Romans 1:16).

Eternity has no ties to the physical fortunes of this life. Peter tells us these things are limited to this cursed world that will end one day being burned up and dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-13).

This being true, Jesus warned, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).

We value what we treasure, and what we treasure is where our heart belongs. When our heart is focused on those things above we will guard against being pulled away by the treasures of this world. —Chris

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