Bible Reading: Philippians 3:1-11; Matthew 6:19-24

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A battle that every believer fights is the battle for treasure.  We live in a culture that has placed so much value on wealth, career status, cars, fashion, electronics and social media influence.  The difference between two seemingly identical shirts can be a trademark logo and $100.  We race to get the newest version of our phone, only to realize it is not much different than the last one.  We are quick to treasure the latest and greatest things, but these treasures soon turn out to be vain, empty and outdated.  This battle is nothing new but has been a battle in the heart of all people since Adam and Eve.  When we read Philippians 3:1-11, we this battle as Paul reflects on his earlier life. 

Paul had the dream set-up.  He was a member of the right family, in the right tribe, and had all the skills to be a successful Pharisee.  He was smart, well-trained, and zealous for his position.  He was advancing faster and further than any of his peers.  Paul had all the treasures anyone could want…until he met Jesus.  Once Paul was confronted by the resurrected Christ, his life was forever changed, and what he treasured most was transformed.  Suddenly, worldly status, wealth and fame were meaningless when compared to the glory of Jesus Christ.  His eyes were opened to truly see what was most valuable.  His heart of stone was turned to flesh, and he believed in Jesus.  The treasure he had in this world began to rust and fade away, because Paul had found the most precious treasure, the Treasure of Heaven, Jesus.

Application: More and more people are finding worldly treasure superficial and unfulfilling.  However, even if all the world realized the emptiness of these treasures, they will remain unfulfilled until they realize the greatest treasure the world has ever known.  As Christians, we are aware of the battle for our heart and soul, so we are constantly focusing ourselves on Jesus.  In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  We must daily watch over our hearts to make sure our treasures are not being confused.  This world can be distracting, and sin is crouching nearby and ready to take us.  Peter warns us that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking to devour the unaware child of God.  Keep your soul awake and your heart focused.  The only treasure worth storing in your heart is the Treasure of Heaven, and His name is Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to keep my heart focused on you.  Transform my mind by your Holy Spirit so that I will know and comprehend what is the greatest treasure.  Keep me safe from idols and all things that would lead me astray.  By your strength, O God, I will stay awake and alert over my soul.  I love you, Heavenly Father.  Amen.

AuthorLarkin Sumerlin