Our Greatest Treasure

A major question that I have been meditating on a lot this semester is what is my greatest treasure?  I don’t necessarily mean physical treasure like a pirate would have stolen from a ship and I’m not questioning my salvation. However, physical money could be someone’s greatest treasure. I more so mean in my heart what is my greatest treasure? Yet, our heart directly leads to our actions like Luke 6:45 says “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.  Although I have been redeemed I understand that the heart is deceitful above all else.  This makes me prone to place things like ministry, my wife, workout out and eating healthy as my greatest treasures. I have struggled with all these things this semester at some point or another and thankfully the God of the universe happens to love me enough to call me out of these things and into joyful repentance and faith that He is my treasure.  He has brought to my attention that I have focused solely on these things at different times thus revealing the true nature of my heart.  God has lovingly reminded me of David’s cry in Psalm 73 “Whom have I in heaven but you and there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.” This should be the cry and desire of my heart.  The good news about this being the desire of my heart is that out of my fulfillment in God as our greatest treasure I am able to minister to students out of overflow, lead and love my wife properly, and steward my temple to God’s glory.  It is amazing how backwards we think sometimes, but God is faithful to reorient our hearts to see Him as our greatest treasure!     

Michael Harpe