Last week, I reviewed Paul Tripp's new book, Sex and Money. In his section on money, he very clearly identified one of the major problems with money and treasures. He writes,
"Our problem with money doesn't begin with overvaluing the physical created world. No, our problem with money is rooted in a dramatic undervaluing of the gift of Jesus and his grace. It is only when King Christ is given the proper value in our hearts that King Money will have neither the power nor the room to rule us. It seems that often in the church' money discussions we forget this, and because we do, we ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish. A budget can expose what your heart truly values, but a budget has no power to make you worship the right king. A budget can give you useful spending guidelines, but it has no power to restrain your fickle and wandering heart. A budget can make you more money aware, but it will not deliver you from temptation" (169).
I was struck by this thought as it is so easy to not only overvalue our treasures on this earth, but also to undervalue the treasure of Jesus and the gospel. I suppose that is why Jesus told these parables:
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." (Matthew 13:44-46)
I know my heart often settles for shallow treasures. It is my prayer that God would open my eyes to understand the deep well of the riches that are found in Jesus. My prayer is to fully understand what Jesus said to the church in Smyrna, that though they suffered in tribulation and poverty, they were rich (Rev. 2:9).