Have you ever watched the TV show Hoarders? I’ve only caught parts of it for short amounts of time, but clearly there are many folks who think “those with the most stuff wins”. While you may not classify yourself as a hoarder, we are certainly a society that like things. We pay monthly rent on storage garages for our treasures. Things we don’t want to part with, things that have meaning, or are not worthy of the trash can. I’m guilty too. (Although I don’t have a storage unit-yet!) I wouldn’t consider myself greedy, but I do like nice things. I truly enjoy my iPhone & iPad, I like nice tack for my horses, and the stuff that makes life easier. However, after reading this chapter, I have to ask myself where my treasure is. Where does my heart go? What do I consider to be my treasure? Luke 12:34 reminds us that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When I think of the disciples in the New Testament, I often think of them leaving everything and following Jesus. They simply dropped their nets, left thousands of fish (probably the biggest catch they’d ever had), and walked away. The Bible makes it sound like it was easy for them. Do you think they debated at all? Do you wonder if they went back to their families and said, “Hey, what do you think about this?” If they lived in today’s day and age, would they have walked away without their smart phone? Would they have left the comfort of their air-conditioned house to walk in the burning hot sun all day with Jesus? Would they leave their bank account that was full of money and cherish the idea of sleeping on the hard ground with a rock for a pillow? How were they going to eat? Did they even stop to consider this? As I roll those thoughts and questions around in my head, I can’t help but think “Yes”. Yes they would have done everything the same. They clearly walked away from their heart’s desires and let their heart follow after the things of Jesus, not the things of the world. Would you? Will you?
I don’t think God minds us having nice things and enjoying life. However, I do believe he wants us to keep our heart’s desires in line with His. What do you value more than anything else? Where do you keep it? Is your heart chasing things of this world, or is it chasing God? Our greatest treasure should be our relationship with God.
Questions: In the comment section below, please answer the following;
1.) “If we get just a little more, we’ll be happy.” What do you think of this sentence? Can it ever be true? Can it ever be false?
2.) What does Jesus say is the anser to always wanting more?