George Hazlett asks, “Where is Your Treasure?”

“Jesus said unto him, if thou will be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor. And thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me,” Matthew 19:21.

It is not difficult to determine where a person has their treasure.

There are many kinds of treasures. What I may consider to be a treasure may have no value to others.

When many people hear the word “treasure”, they think of the words money or wealth.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the world, and lose his own soul?” Matthew 16:26.

Things can only satisfy for a short time and they soon lose their importance and value to us. For example, when I retired in 2001 my congregation gave my wife and me a new 2001 Mercury Marquis for our retirement gift.

I washed that car every time it got dusty or dirty. A few years passed by and I started to see scratches and little dents where people had opened their doors on it.

Little by little it began to lose its appeal to me. I still like it and take good care of it, however; it is no longer as much of a treasure to me. Dents, scratches, wear and age have brought change to my interest in it.

It is still a great car however it is no longer new to me, and now, when I see a new scratch on it, I still do not like it, but it is not as much of a treasure.

Another example is my wife and family. From the time of our marriage until this present day my wife Myrna is my treasure along with my children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. They are far greater treasure to me than the things of the world.

A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth,” Luke 12:15.

Where is your treasure?

Remember no one can take earthly possessions with them when they die.

We all leave them all behind for someone else to have and enjoy if they so desire. The safest way to live is found in Matthew 6:19-20.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doeth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

Think about it!

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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