Luke 12:34 - Where Is Your Treasure?

Luke 12:34 - Where Is Your Treasure?

Luke 12:34 (NIV)  For where your treasure is, there your heart 
will be also. 

  What you value most is your treasure. Where you spend your 
time and your money is your treasure. Whatever dominates your 
conversation is what you treasure. What others know you for is a good 
indication of what your treasure is.  
  Most Christians are quick to claim that God is their first 
priority. Yet often their actions reveal that their treasure is not God 
but things of this world. Some Christians find it difficult to 
discuss their relationship with God, but they can chatter easily about 
their family, friends, or hobbies. Some find it impossible to rise 
early in order to spend time with God, but they willingly get up at 
dawn to pursue a hobby. Some find it difficult to give an offering to 
God but readily spend lavishly on recreation. Some boldly approach 
strangers to sell a product, yet they are painfully timid in telling 
others about their Savior. Some give hundreds of hours to serve in 
volunteer organizations but feel they have no time available to serve God. 
  If you are unsure of where your treasure is, examine where you 
spend your available time and money. Reflect on what it is you most 
enjoy thinking about and discussing. Ask your friends to tell you what 
they think is most important to you. Ask your children to list the 
things most valuable to you. It may surprise you to know what others 
consider to be your treasure. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby re Luke 12:34] 

"Bend all your life to obeying God's will and rest content with 
that. So many people give all their effort to heap up things which in 
their very nature cannot last. Work for the things which last forever, 
things which you need not leave behind when you leave this earth, but 
which you can take with you." [Barclay Commentary] 

True wealth is possessing a relationship with the King. Seeking 
the kingdom of God means making Jesus the Lord and King of your 
life. He must control every area - your work, play, plans, 
relationships, etc. Is the kingdom only one of your many concerns, or is it 
central to all you do? Are you holding back any areas of your life from 
God's control? As Lord and Creator, he wants to help provide what you 
need as well as guide how you use what he provides. [Life Application 

True wealth is the opposite of the wealth that the world values. 
Jesus says that the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so 
be on guard against greed (desire for what we don't have). This is 
the exact opposite of what society usually says. Advertisers spend 
millions of dollars to entice us to think that if we buy more and more of 
their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, more comfortable. 
How do you respond to the constant pressure to buy? Learn to tune 
out expensive enticements and concentrate instead on the truly good 
life - living in a relationship with God and doing his work. [Life 
Application SB] 

True wealth is part of heaven - earthly wealth is not. The rich 
man in Jesus' story died before he could begin to use what was 
stored in his big barns. Planning for retirement - preparing for life 
before death - is wise, but neglecting life after death is disastrous. 
If you accumulate wealth only to enrich yourself, with no concern 
for helping others, you will enter eternity empty-handed. [Life 
Application SB] 

True wealth is measured in part by how we use material wealth to 
benefit others. Money seen as an end in itself quickly traps us and cuts 
us off from both God and the needy. The key to using money wisely 
is to see how much we can use for God's purposes, not how much we 
can accumulate for ourselves. Does God's love touch your wallet? 
Does your money free you to help others? If so, you are storing up 
lasting treasures in heaven. If your financial goals and possessions 
hinder you from giving generously, loving others, or serving God, sell 
what you must to bring your life into perspective. [Life Application