What do you treasure?

Guest Article by Steve Doyle

I recently read an excerpt from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 2010 memoir, A Journey: My Political Life.  In the book, he relays the following story:

“A friend of mine whose parents were immigrants, Jews from Europe who came to America in search of safety, told me this story. His parents lived and worked in New York. They were not well off. His father died when he was young. His mother lived on, and in time my friend succeeded and became wealthy. He often used to offer his mother the chance to travel outside America. She never did. When eventually she died, they went back to recover the safety box where she kept her jewelry. They found there another box. There was no key. So they had to drill it open. They wondered what precious jewel must be in it. They lifted the lid. There was wrapping and more wrapping and finally an envelope. Intrigued, they opened it. In the envelope, were her U.S. citizenship papers. Nothing more. That was the jewel, more precious to her than any other possession. That was what she treasured most.”

I think Christians sometimes forget what family they belong to; forget what tribe they have been bought into.  When we forget we are heirs to the great promises of God through Jesus Christ, we begin to treasure the things this world has to offer.

We should treasure our citizenship in God’s kingdom and our status as His children so much that everything else in the world pales in comparison.  Being a child of God, an heir to the Abrahamic promises, should be more precious to us than anything else.

The Apostle Paul wrote of this great treasure:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:3-8 (NIV)

Knowing how much God values us as part of His family equips and empowers us to fight against sin.  When Satan approaches with venomous lies, trying to convince us the world has more to offer, we simply need to go to the safety box of God’s Word, and remember who we are, and recognize what has been promised to us.

We can fight the false treasures that appeal to our flesh by claiming the true and lasting treasures promised to us by God.  When we do, we will see that settling for the inferior pleasures of this world is foolishness when compared to the superior joy of all that is in store for those who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb.

Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NIV)

What about your heart? Where is your treasure?  Do you treasure being a part of God’s family?  What’s in your treasure box?

Steve Doyle is pastor of

Harbins Community Baptist Church

Dacula, Georgia

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About Larry Doyle

Larry is the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association. He has served overseas with the International Mission Board (SBC), in Charlotte NC as the Director of International Ministries, and as a pastor in North Carolina and Kentucky. He is married to Rebekah Hill, a native of Greensboro NC, and has two children and three grandchildren.
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