At the main intersection on Dauphin Island, Alabama, there is an attractive gift shop called “The Treasure Trove”. It is a delightful place to visit and shop. Inside there is everything from ‘objects de art’ to tee shirts and souvenirs. As I looked at the Treasure Trove sign, my mind moved to the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJ). His words there are among some of the most quoted of His teachings: “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.”
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus shares the parable of a rich farmer (Luke 12:19-21). His land produced such abundant crops that his barns could not hold all of them. He decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. He had his own private Treasure Trove. The rich man said, “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ However, there was a problem. “But God said to him, “Fool”! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided.” I have to ask myself, “Where is my treasure trove?” Hear the conclusion of the matter from the lips of Jesus for those of us who have Treasure Troves of this world’s goods: “So is he that lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
It seems to me that the problem is not riches, but selfishness. Self-centered people have no place for God’s will in their life. It is not how much money you have, but what you do with what you have that matters most. Many of us will never be rich with this world’s goods, but we can be rich in what counts most. We can all be rich toward God. Solomon provides us with great wisdom in Proverbs 13:7: “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”
Prayer: Lord, may our Treasure Trove be in heaven.
~ Brother Roy