Exposed Treasures

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They say money and power do not change anyone, they just reveal who the person really is. Some say the same for adversities, our reaction reveals who we are; our godliness is tested when exposed to extreme conditions. I have seen that in my marriage and even while dating my husband. When our friendship began, we were both ‘perfect’, trying so hard to show only our good side, always happy, always kind, always gentle, always doing the right thing. But as our relationship grew, the different seasons and challenges exposed our hidden sides. Our strengths, weaknesses, values, fears, struggles and goals all came out. In marriage, they are still coming out.

Everyone has something they value, a form of treasure. It may be something tangible, it may be a person/people, it may be a place, it may be a memory,  it may be a value, it may be your faith; whatever it is that is of great value to you. Valuing something/someone is more than words. You may say how much you value someone, until situations prove otherwise. You may say how much you value your education, until money and power is introduced. In this quarantine season, our treasures have been exposed. Everyone is prioritizing what to keep safe, what to fight for, what to cover. I’m talking about that one thing that you would not let corona take from you. We have seen people breaking the government regulations to fight for what they value, clubbing, partying, attending church services and sneaking outside locked down counties.

In this season, your treasures will be exposed, and for a Christian, when your treasure is exposed, your heart is automatically exposed. ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ (Matthew 6:21) The truth is being revealed in our priorities right now. Are we still doing our best to invest in the Kingdom we have been claiming to value: Prayer, God’s Word, fellowship, giving and producing the fruit of the spirit? Was God ever our priority, or we just loved seeing friends on Sundays? This is when all that was hidden is coming out. Are you a prayerful person or you loved the praises of men when they saw you praying for long hours? Do you value family or are they more lovable when you don’t see them all day. Right now everyone’s focus is on what they treasure.  Some are depressed because they have been locked out from what they treasure most.

Where is your treasure? Remember the rich young rule in Matthew 19:16-24? Earthly treasures are temporary, when your heart is set upon the things of the earth, the end result is death. When we are willing to disobey God in search of temporary riches we are losing out on the real treasure. Again, has this season exposed what you treasure? Will your treasures last to eternity?

“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.” (Matthew 6: 19-24)

Selah

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