treasure

Matthew 6:21 ὅπου γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θησαυρός σου, ἐκεῖ ἔσται καὶ ἡ καρδία σου.

For where your treasure is, there will be your heart.

I’ve been trying to do my regular bible readings in the gospels, and in Greek this year. Partly to improve / not lose my ability to read Greek, and partly to slow down and read carefully. This verse stood out to me this morning. If you’re familiar with the sermon on the mount, you’ll recognise it from its context: Jesus is telling people to store up their treasures in heaven (“ie in Christian/spiritual things), not on earth.

But the simplicity of this one verse: this concept from nearly 2000 years ago, stood out to me and I thought I’d share it. Much easier said than done. We’re in birthday season with the kids at the moment, starting to see the difference in the relationship with presents as the kids grow up: the lure of “stuff”, of treasure, is strong. But none of it will last. If, as Christians believe, people live forever, then investing in them is of much more lasting value than in the latest thing.

And yes, I’m aware of the problem of using any number of pieces of technology to put this post together. Like everything Jesus said, it’s not straightforward to live out.

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