Growing up, I nearly sought to live luxuriously as an adult or what some may call, being comfortable to the point where you never have to worry (financially speaking that is). I remember as a child, every Thanksgiving I would fight for the wishbone once the Turkey was destroyed and somehow, miraculously I would always end up with the longer end of the wishbone. I remember heading outside with my wishbone in hand thinking of a wish, then saying, “God, I wish I was rich, that’s all I want to be when I grow up.” Now of course as a God seeking adult, I’m well aware that wishes don’t work, and that prayers do. Also, my dreams have definitely changed. But out of all the wishes in the world, I wanted to be rich. But why?
You would think that as a child I would have wished for something like a pony, or endless icecream for the rest of my life with sprinkles, or longer summer’s and less school. Children don’t care about money, they don’t understand bills and working a 9-5, they’re children! I can’t explain how many times my parents sat me down to explain bills, and how I never understood it until I started paying my own. But it was the only thing that seemed to be talked about, whether it was on tv, or over hearing adult conversations. Truth be told, Children observe everything. Before I go any further, I just want to clear the air that I’m not saying that it’s a problem to want to be financially secure, I mean let’s be real, who wouldn’t? But what I am saying, is that it’s a problem when we find happiness in the temporary wealth of this world and not in the eternal abundance of treasures that already lie in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him alone.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” – Matthew 6:19-20
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Luke 12:34
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7
The promise that God has set upon those who stay faithful to Him is far more precious than any gold. The true treasure remains in Christ alone. The beauty of God and His unselfish love is that he’s more than willing to giving us the map that leads to His treasure. What’s even more alluring about God, is that when we feel like we’ve gotten lost along the way, He doesn’t send us out to find the treasure alone, but rather He leads us. If we allow God to establish our ways and thoughts, then will he also direct our paths (Proverbs3:6, Proverbs 16:3) Christ is the only light that can bring you out of your darkness (John 8:12).
What makes us set isn’t necessarily a college degree, or the amount of money we make each year, or the cars we drive and the things we have. What sets us is the relationship we have with Jesus Christ by surrendering our lives to Him completely.What sets us is allowing him to set the rules, allowing Him to lead us at all times, even when we don’t really understand what He’s doing. What sets us is Faith. What sets us is Him and His love alone, His love for you. Experiencing God’s love is a treasure alone. Imagine the treasure he has prepared for those who Love him.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” Matthew 13:44