In the last decade, reality television shows have appealed to a desire to strike it rich. Shows like Gold Rush, the Mystery of Oak Island and Treasure Hunters detail the journey average citizens take to find hidden treasure. While some do uncover ancient coins, buried treasure and gold, many leave these show broke. Perhaps, its time for individuals to stop ignoring the obvious, the treasure within your own heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, Luke 12:34.
According to one of the wisest people in the Old Testament, human hearts are a well spring to life, Proverbs 4:23. Depending upon which Bible commentary you prefer, each shares an unique perspective of what King Solomon truly means by this passage. Solomon could be warning individuals against developing a proud heart which doomed Lucifer in Ezekiel 28:17. Meanwhile, human nature is constantly pulling and tempting people to indulge their fleshly desires. Thus, if you want to protect your heart, guard it carefully.
But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith, 1 Timothy 1:5.
During the first century, Jesus revealed that the words you speak come out of the overflow of your heart. Anger, adoration, encouragement and envy will show itself by the tone and vocabulary that you choose daily. Unfortunately, if you are like me, there is a lot more bad than good that comes out of me. Thus, I am hesitant to reveal the treasure within. While being open and honest is important, when God is missing from your conversation its a sign of an empty treasure, void of Jesus. May the passage above give you hope, relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you with love so that any broken or wounded heart will be made whole.
by Jay Mankus