Summary: The treasure that lasts is not what we accumulate on this earth but what we value in our hearts.
WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?
(Based on a sermon by Jeff Walling preached at the Tulsa International Soul Winning Workshop in March of 2006))
A. (Show clip from the movie: National Treasure) Hollywood has made tons of MONEY on TREASURE HUNTING movies.
Indiana Jones, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and dozens more—are all stories about FINDING HIDDEN TREASURE.
In October 1947, there was a geologist by the name of Dr. John Williamson who was doing some work in the country of Tanzania. One day, he found himself driving in a deserted area, slipping and sliding along a rain-soaked road. Suddenly his four-wheel drive vehicle sank up to its axles in the mud and got stuck.
Pulling out his shovel, Dr. Williamson began the unpleasant task of digging out of a mud hole. He had been at it for a while when his shovel uncovered something strange. It was a pink-like stone of some sort. Being a geologist and naturally curious about rock formations, he picked it up and wiped away the mud. The more mud he removed, the more excited he became, and could hardly believe what he saw. When the stone was finally clean, Dr. Williamson was beside himself with joy. He had discovered a diamond.
Now, any diamond at all would be a surprise in that situation. But Dr. Williamson found what became known as the famous pink diamond of Tanzania worth MILLIONS of dollars. That stone today sits in the ROYAL SCEPTER of Great Britain, and Dr. Williamson is famous around the world for his find -- as accidental as it may have been.
B. Regardless of how PRECIOUS that DIAMOND is, as Christians we have a TREASURE that is far more VALUABLE.
A. Jesus begins by talking about a LITERAL TREASURE—yours and my POSSESSIONS—and then SPIRITUALIZES it.
1. When Jesus exhorts us not to “store up” for ourselves “treasures upon earth”, He uses an
interesting play-on words in the Greek.
a. “Store up” translates the Greek word thesaurizo.
b. “Treasures” translates the Greek word thesauros.
These two words come from a common term from which we get our English word THESAURUS. A thesaurus is a treasury of words. So we might translate this phrase as, “do not TREASURE up TREASURES for yourselves on earth.”
2. Jesus is not teaching against having a SAVINGS ACCOUNT—that would contradict other teachings of the Bible.
However, He is saying that we should not put all of our TIME and ENERGY amassing possessions that are only TEMPORAL. If you are putting your HEART, SOUL, STRENGTH, and MIND into earthly TREASURES then you will LOSE everything, including your home in HEAVEN.
There is an epitaph on a tombstone that reads: “What I SPENT, I LOST. What I SAVED, I LEFT. What I GAVE, I HAVE.” As we INVEST in the Kingdom of God, we assure for ourselves an ETERNAL REWARD.
B. I want to focus on what Jesus said in v. 21- “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Two truths I want you to consider:
1. We CHOOSE where we PLACE our TREASURE.