Luke – Dec. 14

SafeLuke 18:18-23

Note that phrase in v. 22, “you will have treasure in heaven.” Jesus used it in another place.
Matthew 6:19–21 • “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

It becomes clear by his response to Jesus’ challenge where the ruler’s real treasure lay: on earth– in his wealth and possessions, which, Luke says, were immense.

Everyone has treasure, in the sense of that which we account of the greatest worth, that which holds supreme value. I encourage you today to meditate on exactly what “value” is. What constitutes “treasure.”

You may have heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.” Why? Let me share my thoughts …

Ultimately, we value that which we believe allows us to control our destiny. That’s why so many value money, because it’s a means of controlling things. It’s power, ability; it provides security because whatever I may NEED, I can buy. So, whatever it is we treasure, we trust; believing it will save us. Once we realize that, we’re faced with the obvious; NOTHING deserves that trust but God. Everything else is susceptible to failure, as Jesus speaks of moth, rust, and thieves. We can add “fire” to that list.

That’s why our treasure MUST BE in heaven; why it must be God. He’s the only One Who will not, CANNOT fail.