“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NKJV).
When I took a moment to be still, three words came to my mind: Hope, trust, love. Each of us may have different treasures that the Lord gives us and is unique and valid. Hope, trust and love is what the Lord has specifically put on my heart for this moment in time.
Hope is a treasure. What do we have hope in?
1. Salvation of loved ones
2. Awakening/revival for our country
3. God’s promise to turn things for good to those who love Him
4. We will be with Him in heaven someday
These are just to name a few. The next treasure is trust. Do we trust God? Do we trust the hope of our salvation, that God is faithful in His promises and guiding us through this life? Trust is foundational in every relationship, in our personal relationships and our relationship with our Abba Father. If we don’t have trust, we have nothing. We will be like the man who built his house upon the sand and it crumbled.
The next treasure is love. God is love and the greatest two commandments that God gives us calls us to love. “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hand all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV) In this world we search for love, and we may find love. The only perfect love we will ever receive is from the Lord.
The treasure of hope, trust and love are a beautiful thing from our Abba Father to get us through this short time on earth. Just as our Abba Father seeks to give us these beautiful gifts, there is a devourer who seeks to steal, kill and destroy these beautiful gifts/treasures.
Let me share with you the parable of The Sower and the Seed from Matthew 13:3-8 and 19-23 NKJV.
"Then He spoke many things in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But behold others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty…When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
This parable holds true to our treasures: hope, trust, love. We must be able to recognize the voice that is speaking to us. John 10:10 NKJV, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” To have this abundant life we must store our treasures up in heaven! We must be able to walk by faith and not by sight, which requires hope, trust and love!
Let me leave you with this scripture to meditate upon.
1 John 4:18-19 NKJV, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
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