Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Most people assume he meant the opposite – that if we value something, we’ll invest in it. But Jesus knew us better than that. He knew that people have the curious habit of loving the things they invest in, instead of vice versa.
In the early 2000s, just before the tech bubble burst, I invested a little money in the stock market through an online account. The next thing I knew, I was checking my stocks 10 times a day – and they were growing! I devoted all kinds of time and energy to my new found love. And then the bubble burst. It wasn’t pretty.
What had I bought with my treasure? The hope of getting richer – the hope of getting something without having to work for it. Even when it proved to be a trap I couldn’t let go and I lost everything.
Jesus calls us to invest ourselves – our time and treasure – in things that really matter. Jesus calls him to join in his mission to share the Good News with the world. He calls us to give, even as we have received.
Where are you investing your treasure?