JESUS, OUR GREATEST POSSESSION
- Things of this world can’t satisfy the heart
- Jesus is the treasure worth seeking
- It is worth giving up everything else to have what Jesus offers
“Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:29-31)
There are so many people in this world who are dissatisfied with what they have and long for the life they see in others. They see the wealth of the wealthy and covet their lifestyle. They wish they could discover some buried treasure that would make them rich. Jesus however warns us that those things can’t satisfy the heart. Instead, having a heart that is in love with riches, and expecting them to make you happy, becomes the root of all sorts of evil. The heart easily gets consumed with just wanting more and more things. What many people overlook are the damages to relationships and often the harm to life itself in pursuing and living for material possessions.
Once a rich young ruler came to Jesus to ask what he had to do to be saved. Jesus knew how much that man loved his riches. Because the man’s wealth had become like a god to him, Jesus tested him by saying, “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.” The man went away sad because his riches were more important to him than his relationship with God. Jesus told the people, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” He then went on to tell about a rich farmer who just wanted to build more barns. All he wanted was to have an easy life so he could sit back to eat, drink and be merry. But then that night he died and had to leave it all. “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
But there is something that is worth owning. It is the most valuable treasure in life – the kingdom of God, the working of God in our hearts and ruling our lives. Jesus illustrated that with a parable about a person who was walking through a field and stumbled over a buried treasure. He immediately sold all he had to buy the field and own the treasure. In a similar way Jesus talked about a person looking for pearls. When he came across the pearl of great price. He also sold all he had in order to have that treasure. Jesus is that treasure, that pearl for your life.
Jesus told his followers, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Jesus is our most precious treasure. What he gives to us cannot be compared to anything this world has to offer. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to God the Father except through him. No money or possessions can buy a relationship with God and bring us the blessings of having God on our side now and forever. No treasure on earth can compare to the inheritance Jesus has set up for us in the mansions of heaven. This is the treasure to seek above everything else in your life. You will find it in the Bible.