Following on from my last entry on the poor in the Gospel of Luke –
Last week i was at the New Word Alive Christian conference in Pwllheli, North Wales. I was thinking about that verse in Luke anyway ?“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). It had led me to think about actively putting my ‘treasures’, that is those things I value most highly like time and money, into such things that would draw me towards God – they would ast as a kind of investment.
Then I get to the conference and John Piper is due to speak on ‘Treasuring Christ’ from a text of Romans 8. He said that Christ is our treasure. Christ came into the world so that we may have him and this is the highest goal of life – to treasure him. Piper remarked that ‘treasure’ is a verb as well as a noun – an actively seeking to treasure those things that are important. If we say Christ is important, treasuring Him is the goal of our lives. I’m sure I don’t treasure him enough.
This would have a radical effect on life – if it is Christ who is being treasured above all things, then our hearts will naturally turn towards him and towards God. Our investment will be in him. Our desires will be in tune with his. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
He went on to talk about treasuring through suffering – if you can go thorough suffering or persecution and still say that Christ is my everything – not only is this a test of faith in yourself and a revelation of the faithfulness of God in suffering, but then people might just believe you when you say that he is more important than anything. Money, wealth, fame, health, everything.
The talks are well worth listening too – they can be found here:
Now, how do we treasure Christ day by day? That is possibly a topic for another blog entry.