For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In American culture today; social media is all the buzz. Every time you turn around there seems to be something new, or at least an upgrade to something once new. The majority of our society is mesmerized by technologically advanced gadgets, and new forms of communication. As a Born-Again Christian writer; I can’t help but stop and think about the power of all these things. Have they become treasures to us; that have captured the devotion of our hearts? It’s a given that they control our minds in many ways, but it’s a tragedy if they seep in and take hold of our hearts. But Jesus made it clear that where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also. So one question for us can be; what is a treasure?
The Greek word used in Matthew 6:21 for “treasure” is the word thēsauros, and it is a word that means: “the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up, a casket, coffer, or other receptacle, in which valuables are kept.” So with that in mind; “where is the place that we direct our attention?” “Is there a “receptacle” of some sort that we put in front of our faces, and devote mass amounts of time to?” The time we devote to any one thing indicates how much value we place in that thing. Just by comparison; do you spend more time on Facebook, or with your nose planted in your smartphone; than you do with your attention directed to the word of God? Of course the word of God can be on your smart phone, because there is an app for that, but is that where you spend your time? Now the question that starts to pop up in the minds of many reading this article right now is; ‘what’s wrong with social media and smartphone’s? The obvious answer is; ‘absolutely nothing’, but that’s not the point of this article. The point is; is your Facebook or smartphone a treasure to you that has captivated your heart and mind? Does it consume the bulk of your waking hours? Do you type and text more words to your “friends” in a day; than you speak to your spouse, or other loved ones in person? As born-again believers in Jesus Christ we know, and have experienced that the word of God is powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of our hearts? So then, another question to ask ourselves is how many of God’s words have we read this week in comparison to how many words from “friends” we’ve read this week?
These are hard questions, and its far easier not to ask them at all, but 2 Corinthians 13:5 instructs us to examine, and to test ourselves; as to whether or not we are in the faith, and Jesus said in John 8:31-32 that; “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth often offends our lifestyle, but this should not stop us from examining ourselves, and evaluating where we are in our walks with the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are face planted in His word, we will know the truth that will make us free, and when we are face planted in the inventions of our society; we may find ourselves slipping back into the bondage of this world from which the blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed us. Now it’s clear that the context of Matthew chapter 6 can call for hours and hours of written commentary, and by no means do I intend to say that social media and smartphone’s are what Matthew had in mind specifically. The content of this article is just meant to cause us to think about our “focus” as followers of Christ, and I’ll readily admit that it can be somewhat hypocritical; since I am using social media to communicate this article out to you as the reader. But it’s clear in Matthew chapter 6; that Jesus wants us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. So are social media and the smartphone evil devices? Not at all, but are they your “treasure”, are they the receptacles where you spend the majority of your time? Isn’t “time” one of the most valuable things we have on this earth? It is a precious commodity, and we need to all be sure that we do not squander it. Your spouse needs your attention, your children need your attention, your parents need your attention! Are your priorities all out of whack? If so; you could begin to see a decay in your relationships with your spouse, children, and other loved ones as a result. We could go on and on here, but I’ll just end this article with one last question; “where is your treasure?”