Where Is Your Treasure?
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — (Matthew 6:21)
Jesus cared a lot about the hearts of God’s people. That is also why he talked a lot about money and giving. And why, too, this is a topic that is at the “heart” of his “Sermon on the Mount.” It was also Jesus’ way of laying out for his followers a glimpse of his priorities, of the things that are important for life and faith. And right at the top is what lies on our hearts; what are our priorities, where is our “treasure,” what are the things that matter the most to us? And where do we place God and faith on that list? For, after all, when it comes to giving—giving money and time and talents—Jesus wants us to know this isn’t about dollars and stuff, it’s about faith. Giving is spiritual. Giving is about the heart.
I have always said a church that is growing spiritually will grow in all the other areas of church life—in numbers, in caring, in mission, in love for Christ, and, yes, in stewardship. Right now, our church is growing in all these areas. And our job as those who make up this Body of Christ is to see such growth and blessing continue through our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service.
Thus, our theme for this fall’s stewardship emphasis, beginning on October 19th, comes from Jesus’ words:
“TREASURE.” For where our treasure is, there is our heart also. May Christ be our treasure and in our heart.