Treasure From Your Heart
What kind of treasure do you hold within you and share with the world? We all would wish to be gold but is the spiritual treasure you share gold or rubbish?
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Text for today’s sermon: Matthew 12:33-37
The key verse:
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. – Matthew 12:35
What do you think of when you first hear the word treasure? Jewelry? Gold? Riches? The first thing that comes to my mind, for whatever reason, is pirates; the pirates of old lore that would sail the 7 seas, searching for treasure. For the pirates to find treasure they would first need a map where “X” would mark the spot of the treasure, and secondly, they needed a ship so that they could get to that treasure. What was always interesting about when the pirates finally found the spot of the treasure, finished digging for the treasure, and getting the chest out of the hold is that there was always three outcomes after they opened the chest: the chest would either be empty, they would find that the chest was filled with rubbish, or they might actually find gold and riches inside the chest.
What would you say if I were to tell you that you are a treasure chest? Yes, you’re a treasure chest that’s potentially walking around with treasure. Maybe you’ve began to wonder, what kind of treasure is inside of me? What kind of treasure do you believe you hold? When somebody finds you, and open up your treasure chest, what do you believe they’ll find?
What kind of treasure do you hold?
All of us would certainly hope that our treasure is a beauty to behold. We would want to certainly be like the brightest and most beautiful gold that anybody has laid their eyes on. We would want our treasure to be like diamonds and rubies; we want to be the most precious of stones. Nobody wants to open up a treasure chest and find a chest filled with cobwebs – certainly nobody wants to be that treasure chest. Nobody wants to open up a treasure chest and find that the chest is filled with rubbish – certainly nobody wants to be that treasure chest. The question is, how do you know what kind of treasure you hold?
When you take a moment to think about it, we take our outer appearance very seriously. We dress ourselves up in the finest of clothes, the finest of jewelry, and apparel because we want people to think good things about us. People can deny this opinion all they want, but we, as a people, certainly judge books by their cover. However, as you have also probably learned, is that it doesn’t necessarily matter what a person is like on the outside, but who they are in the inside is very important. You see, you can’t dress up or cover up who you are in the heart because your heart is who you truly are.
Jesus said, in verse 34 of our context, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” It is in the heart where you actually find the true you, the true individual.
There are many people who attempt to cover up who they really are by dressing up their outer appearance. We then begin to think that we are walking around with a chest full of gold based on the outer things that we do. We participate in charitable functions. We give to those in need. We go door to door seeking to pray with those that need prayer. We dress it up, we go out and we do good things and we figure that means we have a good heart (treasure), but are you really doing it out of the abundance of your own heart?
There are many people who seek to do things, not out of the abundance of their heart, but to seek attention, glory, honor, and praise for their good. Your heart determines exactly what kind of treasure you are sharing or giving to others. In our key verse we see that Jesus tells us a good heart will bring forth good treasure, and an evil man will bring forth evil treasure. The question for us today is what kind of treasure are we bringing forth into the world today? Are we bringing forth good treasure or are we bringing forth evil treasure?
The evil treasure
To understand what kind of treasure we are bringing forth, we must first understand the difference between both good and evil. We, mankind, determine what’s good and evil according to our moral thoughts and I find that there is nothing wrong with that. However, we must also understand, on a spiritual level, what exactly falls into the categories of good and evil. Let’s take a look at evil first and then we’ll move over to looking at good last.
Evil, to God, is anything He would consider to be a transgression against His ways; anything that the Lord sees as unrighteous or an act against His ways is considered to be both evil and a sin. The beauty of the Lord is that the Lord is willing to forgive all people of their evil and of their sin. The Lord sent His only begotten Son into this world to save all of us from our sin because all men was once sinners that had fallen short of His glory.
In all of that, there is still a true evil in this world in which the Lord will not forgive. In verse 31, Jesus tells us that if we were to blaspheme, which means to speak against, the Holy Spirit then we would not be forgiven. So, again, to understand exactly what is being said here we will take another look at what was said. When man chooses to speak against the Holy Spirit, man will not be forgiven – this is the ultimate showing of evil and it is an evil that will not be forgiven by God.
To speak against the Holy Spirit is to speak against the completeness of God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. When man speaks against the Spirit, he has chosen to speak against the finality of God’s grace towards man. It is a sign that this man does not believe that the Son was resurrected from the dead, ascended to sit on the right hand of God, and that the Holy Spirit came to dwell in man. It is a sign that this man does not believe in the promise of eternal fellowship with God. This man, in his heart, has completely rebuked and rejected God and God’s truth.
The sinner has, in his heart, expressed to God that God’s ways just aren’t good enough for him. The sinner has, in his heart, expressed to God that God is not the truth. The sinner’s heart has become a heart that is evil in the eyes of God. There are many people who live in this world today, who we deem to be really good people, who are actually considered to be evil in God’s eyes. There are many wise men, who have a lot of wise advise, that are unfortunately not sharing true treasure with the world today.
You see, true treasure, is a treasure for the soul (heart). The only treasure that is good for the soul is heavenly treasure from the Lord. Unfortunately there are so many people sharing a empty treasure or treasure of rubbish because their heart does not speak to the Lord.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There are, unfortunately, a great deal of people who are not laying up their treasures in heaven because their heart is not set on heaven. Their heart has completely rejected and rebuked the Lord and His ways, so how can their heart be in heaven? Does this mean we should completely ignore these people? We should look to reject their ways spiritually because spiritually, these people have absolutely no treasure to offer to you. There are even some who profess themselves to be Christians that aren’t truly walking in the light, they are hypocrites. We are unable to judge another’s heart, but we can certainly listen to the words that come out of their mouth and judge whether or not it is something of the Lords.
The good treasure
We have determined and now understand that evil works against the Lord and His way, therefore, good in God’s eyesight is His way and those that follow His way. I don’t know about you but when people dig up the treasure chest of Leo McCrary II, I want them to find some treasure that will do their soul some good. I don’t want to provide them with empty treasure! I don’t want to provide them with rubbish! I want to provide them with the treasure of the Lord – my God!
I know that my treasure is that of God’s because my heart has been given to Him and is in Heaven. The good in heart have chosen to reject their own ways to follow after God and His way. If you don’t want to share an empty treasure chest to the world you should turn to God and His way. If you don’t want to share rubbish with the world, you should turn to God and His way.
There is a Proverb that I want to quote and share with you today:
The mouth of the righteous (good) is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. – Proverb 10:11 NKJV
I share this message with you today because there are so many good people in this world that bearing an empty treasure chest or a treasure chest of rubbish – I want that to change. I want you to become a well of life that shares a treasure that won’t last temporary but will last eternally. We must all be prudent about all of those that are around us and best determine what kind of treasure they are sharing with you.
You better believe that others are going to be prudent with you and determine what exactly your treasure can do for them. Understand that your treasure is absolutely golden and there are going to be many people who reject your treasure of gold, but think nothing less of them or anything less of your treasure – you carry good treasure because it comes from God.