One of the many amazing things about children is their ability to live within the moment. They know how to be present and enjoy what is before them; instead of worrying about things that have yet to happen. But as they get older, and the realities of life begin to intrude in upon them, it becomes more and more difficult to to do.
When Jesus was beyond the Jordan River teaching the people, He brought up the subject of worrying about the cares of the world; what they would eat, what they would wear and where they would sleep. And though all these things were all legitimate concerns, He told them their Father already knew about them, and if He fed the birds of the air, and clothed the flowers of the fields, what made them think that He wouldn’t do that and so much more, for them.
And then He summed it up by saying;
“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.
Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers (sic), safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” Luke 12:31-34 (MSG)
Using Jesus as an example, you can see that His treasure lay in the moment by moment intimacy He invested with His disciples, His friends and His Father. He knew that the greatest treasure He possessed was in the relationships around Him, and not in the acquisition of possessions.
“I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” Colossians 2:2-4 (MSG)
Does that mean that everyone should sell everything they have, give all their money to the poor, and take up the life of a missionary or itinerate minister? If you’ve had a direct word from the Lord that that is what He wants you to do, then yes.
But if you look at this passage in the context in which it was spoken, you’ll see that real issue wasn’t about not having money or possessions, but rather, it was about people who have become so consumed with the day to day worries of living, that they have lost their childlike ability to enjoy the moment by moment joy that comes from being in intimate relationships with others.
Jesus knew that He could afford to invest His energy in the well spring of intimate relationship with His Father and others, because His Abba had already taken care of everything else.
And how do you and I know that? Because Jesus only did what His Father did, and He only said what He heard His Father say. “Where you keep your treasure, that’s where you’ll find your heart as well.”
- Find yourself a time and place where you can push aside the distraction of life. Now quiet your thoughts, (sometimes listening to soaking music can help )pushing the worries and cares of the day off to the side. At other times it might be helpful to imagine taking your hand and sweeping them all aside or putting them into another room and closing the door on them.
- When you feel the Father’s presence, close your eyes and try and imagine that you’ve just spent the afternoon with your Abba Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit and it’s now time to go home. But as you get up to leave, you suddenly realize that there is a pouch tied around your waist and when you work the strings loose, you discover that it is full of rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds. Not knowing where they came from, or how they got there, you turn and ask the Father, “I have a bag full of precious stones tied about my waist but for the life of me, I don’t know how they got there.” Now imagine the Father, Son and Holy Spirit suddenly grinning from ear to ear, and one of them leans forward and whisper’s, “Every time you come and spend time with Us, it’s like storing up treasure in heaven. And you My child, have got a kingdom full. “
- If you find that the Lord has given you and words or images, writer them down so that you can come back later and talk to Him about them.