Searching for Hidden Treasure
Read: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34 (NIV)
“Grandpa, I have a super idea how we can become rich! Do you recall how we found those coins at the beach the other day? What do you think would happen, if we had one of these?” He thrust forth an ad for a metal detector that he clasped in his ten year old hand. He enthusiastically continued, “ For just $79.95, we could buy this and become rich finding all kinds of coins!” He was not able to persuade me of the soundness of his suggested “investment” but during the next several weeks he continued to conger up various unsuccessful schemes to raise money for its purchase. His dreams of becoming rich never did come to fruition and fortunately, as an adult, he no longer espouses the desire for quick riches but realizes education and work rather than luck is the answer to success.
However, as I listened to his “sales pitch” years ago, I became increasingly aware of how much children and adults reveal of their value systems as they share their thoughts and desires. Scripture reminds us that we “should be quick to listen, slow to speak.” (James 1: 19) Although James was referring to listening to the Word, his statement seems to be equally valid in using our ears to discern dominating themes in our colleague’s discourse. For example, one often hears a senior citizen lament, “If I had only—”. Invariably, the lost opportunity has to do with some investment that would have made them rich. Do such lamentations provide a hint as to the source of their “treasure”? Even cursory listening to our fellow Christians reveals how difficult some of them find it to discuss their relationship with the Lord; but yet how easily they chatter on about their family, friends, or hobbies. What does say about the source of their “treasure”?
Obtaining clues about the “fount of the treasure” of others is rather a simple process but what about our own cherished goals or dreams? What indications of our “treasure” are we broadcasting to our circle of friends? If one is unsure of the locus of his/her “hidden treasure”, one should examine where you spend most of your available time and/or money or reflect on what it is you must enjoy thinking about or discussing. If one is still in doubt how others perceive what is most important to him/her, asking one’s closest friends should reveal what they think is most important to you. Members of family are another source for what they think is most valuable to you. It may surprise us to learn what others consider to be our main treasure and the location of our “heart” in relation to what we might claim it to be. As a wise man once observed, “the heart that is too close to the back pocket grows numb to the good gifts and provisions of God.”