For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).
It has been said that if you want to see what a person values, find out what she spends her money on. That is a superficial indicator dependent upon the premise everyone values money.
Some people don’t place value on money and so spend it arbitrarily. Such people can’t be dependent upon to ‘treasure’ the things they spend their money on. There is a real disconnect for such people between their money and their ‘heart.’
In this text, ‘treasure’ is best translated as ‘the things you value’. We could paraphrase by saying, “For where the things you value are, there will your true self be also.” A person who values benevolence will be found giving, helping, and serving in the areas he values. A person who values family will be found investing in those things that promote family.
What do you value? Check your calendar; it will be a better barometer than your checkbook. Where you spend your money is just one of the variables that may indicate what you really treasure.
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