“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:18, NASB
Concluding this week with the whole idea of lacking nothing, I’m drawn back to where we began–to the concept of contentment in Christ. Why is that simple statement such a challenging practice.
Several years ago I was doing a study Jesus’s parables and I came to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. I have such a distinct memory of this study because, while I’d known this parable most of my life, I’d missed some of Jesus’s explanation–specifically about the ‘thorns that choke (the seed) out.’
“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22, NASB
This reveled something profound to my middle-class American heart, something that I am reminded of today as I reflect on the struggle for contentment: the more I have, the harder it is.
Jesus wisely told his followers to seek His kingdom above all things. He also said to set our hearts on heavenly treasure, because where we focus the delight of our heart will be where our heart flourishes, and where it will want to stay.
Concluding the week, I’m going to chew on that for a while.
Jesus, please keep reminding me that I lack nothing in you, and teach me to guard my heart so that I don’t make treasure out of rust and thorns, but rather set my delight in You.