Your Treasure Is Where Your Heart Is

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For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. – Matthew 6:21

There are, of course, materialistic answers to this most important question: my bank account, my stock portfolio, the house and neighborhood I live in, the cars I drive, the titles I wear. These represent the most common answers given by people who are asked this question.

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Some may answer: my spouse, my children, the friends that I have in my life. The treasure of friendship, of marriage and of children is intangible. It cannot be held, or counted in the hand. Yet, love is the mortar that binds the deepest meanings of our shared humanity together. It is the force that gives meaning and purpose to our lives. But there is a treasure far greater even than that. This treasure was given to all freely, unconditionally, without limits, and is still being given today. This treasure gives something that material wealth and human love could never give—eternal life. This treasure has a name: Jesus.

Where is my heart? If it is in Jesus, then I am rich beyond comparison. If my heart, my treasure, is in Jesus, I will no longer cling to my material wealth. Rather, I will use it to serve the common good and to meet the esperate, immediate needs of the suffering other. If my heart, my treasure, is in Jesus, my spouse, my children, my friends and, yes, even my enemies, will receive from me a treasure that is always patient, kind, that is never jealous or boastful, that is generous, that never takes pleasure in others failings, but delights in the truth, is always trusting, always hopeful, and that endures whatever comes. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) If my treasure is in Jesus, my joy will be complete, and I will do nothing less than give it away, joyfully, unstintingly, to all.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.