Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Real Treasure

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Real Treasure

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RECENTLY I got to thinking about how my own treasures have changed through the years. I came across something Christ Jesus said in Matthew that made me want to stop and take stock. He told his listeners: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

As I thought about real treasures--ones that don't get lost or tattered--I began to see that such treasures are part of the spiritual treasures that Jesus speaks of as "treasures in heaven. Such spiritual treasure lasts. It can't be stolen, lost, or worn out. It can't misguide our affections or corrupt us.

Not long before Jesus' arrest and crucifixion, Mary anointed his feet with expensive ointment. Apparently, to Mary the presence of the Christ, Truth, that Jesus represented was worth everything. Today, knowing just what "treasures in heaven are and how to make them our own heart's treasure is no small question. If what we treasure isn't things or people or places, what is it? Perhaps the answer lies in knowing what is in heaven for us to treasure. God is in heaven, for one thing. But this heaven isn't a distant place we'll get to someday. God is ever present and infinite, thus not contained in any finite, material spot. Since God is everywhere, heaven, His good kingdom, must also be ever present.

The Bible says that God is Spirit. So, the treasure Jesus speaks of is spiritual, not material. All that God makes is spiritually substantial. This substance can't be seen or felt materially or physically. But since it is created by God and is like God, it is real and permanent. Man is an indispensable part of God's spiritual creation. Man is part of the heavenly treasure, you might say, because he is spiritual, made in the image of God, and not material. This fact alone--that there is a God who is Spirit and that He creates man spiritually--is a truth worthy of our treasuring because it helps us to understand our own genuine identity as God's offspring. …

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