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Who has your Heart?

Colossians  2:3 “in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

The first day of class at most universities is called “syllabus day,” because professors do not usually start any lessons, but rather they unpack what the class will look like for the semester. However, for my economics class, it was a different story altogether. The professor simply wrote on the board this principle, “wherever you invest your money is where your heart is,” and then left. Whatever I invest money in informs others of my heart's bent. Matthew 12:34 adds dynamics to this thought by replacing money with words. In his clash with the Pharisees, Jesus makes plain that one’s words will always reflect their heart- “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Here we arrive at a crossroads of motive. Both the economic principle and Jesus’ very words point to a common stumbling block in the life of every Christian- their own hearts. The prophet Jeremiah warns us of the very real, and very deceitful force within our souls (Jer. 17:9). “What now, then?” “If my heart is deceitful, then what is the solution?” “What does this have to do with the treasures that are hidden in Christ?” Well, dear reader, let us look to the specific words that the Apostle Paul uses. The late R.C. Sproul was a champion of the importance of using the right words and the Apostle Paul is no different. Treasure- it is exactly what you think it is. It’s the treasure hinted at on the back of the Declaration of Independence. It is that kind of treasure.

Yet, as Paul clarifies, it is not treasure found in the form of gold and priceless artifacts, but in wisdom and knowledge.  You may be saying to yourself, “that’s anticlimactic.” However, the beauty of this treasure is made ever sweeter when one understands it’s purpose! Matthew Henry provides us with insight- “the treasures of wisdom [and knowledge] are not hidden from us but for us.” How wonderful is the reality that the greatest treasure, the wisdom and knowledge of Christ is not hidden from us, but hidden for us! This treasure has not been sealed away from greedy robbers, who would pillage and profit for selfish gain. No! This treasure has been unsealed by Holy Spirit and been made accessible for the Christian to peruse, to investigate, to discover, to invest in and- dare I say- obsess over! This is the treasure of treasures! Greater than the wealthiest of Pharaohs! Greater than the mythical El Dorado! All other treasures are empty- all other treasures pale in comparison to this treasure! Yes, all other treasures are not worth the financial investment and emotional obsession!

            Your faith, Christian, is not one that simply can be thought of as a train-ticket; granted at justification and shelved until its usage for boarding the heaven-bound train. J.I. Packer states it plainly, “What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God” (Knowing God, p. 33). So we draw from this treasure daily as we seek to grow in our knowledge of God. We draw from this treasure- the treasure hidden in Christ, as one who obsesses over worldly treasure! Recall Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees, Believer! Remember the economic principle written on the board.

            Do your words hint at a heart so captivated by your Savior? Would your bank account be proof of a fervent pursuit for the things of the Lord? Do you truly seek Jesus till you have found him- remembering the promise that when we seek Him with all our hearts, we shall find him? (Jer. 29:13). This treasure has been made available to you- the question then remains, do you really want it?

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