For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (HSCB)
There Your Heart Is – The Heart Of The Matter – Part 6
Perhaps the most difficult and telling question of our time is:
What is (are) my (our) treasure(s)?
Just days before he was executed by the Romans, betrayed by his people, Jesus said:
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19-21 HCSB).
He wasn’t talking about what I was taught as a kid was my heavenly treasure chest filled up by my good deeds that awaited me in my heavenly mansion that I would receive upon my death and acceptance into heaven (being the realm that is separate from earth).
Not so much.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not some utopia out there somewhere absent from here, where God will rescue us to when we die.
For the ancient Hebrews (the men and women who wrote and are in the scriptures), heaven was the return to our divine and original state of shalom – peace – at one with the Divine, God, the life source, the groud of being. That’s why Heaven can be here and yet still coming.
There are glimpses of it: you see it every time someone gives and loves and hopes and forgives. You see it when orphans are taken in, and widows are cared for. You see it when children are loved, and laughter is heard. You see it when mercy triumphs over judgment when empathy crosses boundaries not many dare venture over. You see it in the sunrise, the tides of the ocean, the face of the moon, the bird singing in the afternoon and the green grass under our feet. You see it in tragedy as people flock to help, as fridges are filled with food and as shaking shoulders are held.
As dark and frightening and hurtful as the world is, her beauty, truth, and strength persist. Who she is really – who we really are – is still there. Deep calls unto deep, and we must remember who we were made to be.
The question is, are we going to keep valuing profits over people? Security for me over enough food and water for everyone? Are we going to continue to value image over caring for the sick and the elderly? Do we want our cities paved with gold or our homes filled with peace?
“For your heart will always pursue what you treasure.” And from your heart springs your whole life.
Need a change?
Thanks to the Lego Batman Movie, and Michael Jackson, for a month now my kids have relentlessly sung:
“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” (huuh.)
That stoney hard heart? Broken and corroded by sin and shame and loneliness and hurt? The good news is that Jesus shows us the way to peace, healing, and wholeness. It starts with love. Love yourself through the change. Change because you are more valuable than to be used up on work that divides and breaks. Return to who you really are: child of God. Healed. Divine. Holy. Good.
What you believe about yourself changes everything.
Written by Lizzy Milani