As we soak our minds and hearts in the truth of God’s Word, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to pursue and accomplish his work not only in this world but for the world to come. The Bible clearly says, “Keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts” (1 John 5:21,NLT). No matter how you define your personal “treasure,” it is important to remember that these things in and of themselves are not wrong. However, if they take the place of God in your life, then you have a big problem.
As our heart and mind becomes more in tune with the Holy Spirit, our desire to invest in God’s kingdom should increasingly trump the desire to keep investing in the perishable things of this world. All that we have been entrusted with needs to come under the direction of God. Son Power can transform us from the inside so that we will be able to discern the ways in which God wants us to use this treasure.
Treasure is an amazing tool. But it is a tool that can be used for temporary earthly pleasure or for the imperishable goals of God’s kingdom. I’m quite sure God is not so interested in how much money we have or don’t have, but rather how much we are willing to give away. It is not the amount that matters, but the attitude in which the giving is done. God is more concerned about our spiritual development of faith in him, than he is about the money or treasure that is given away. The heart holds the real value here.
Son Power and Treasure
As you consider how the Holy Spirit is guiding you to use your treasure, consider these questions:
- What treasure am I willing to invest in the kingdom of God?
The encounter of Jesus with the little boy who was willing to let Jesus have his lunch of five loaves and two fishes is recorded in all four gospels (see Matthew 14:13–21; Mark 6:31–44; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–14). This is an important story. It was just lunch. It was just a little boy. It was just five loaves and two fishes. And yet, Jesus took what that little boy gave him and multiplied it into lunch for a multitude. Satan would have us keep our resources for ourselves. But this little boy shows us that in the hands of Jesus our treasure can bless a lot of people. God can multiple anything that we are willing to give him when it is to be used for his plans and purposes.
- What goals and objectives am I currently focused on when it comes to the use of my treasure?
Possessions require responsibility and care. The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to maintain. Honestly, do you have a lot of possessions? Are you committed to the accumulation of a lot of worldly treasure? To what end? These questions are not meant to make you feel guilty, but to help you consider the role that your treasure has in your life. Maybe you have very little. Are you attached to what you have? Are you sharing it? Are you hospitable? Are you enjoying it in an appropriate way? These are important considerations to reflect upon as you identify what you are actually accomplishing with your treasure.
Dependence on Son Power
- In what ways am I expecting the Holy Spirit to help me manage my treasure?
The Holy Spirit can protect the resources you already have. He can reveal areas where your resources are disappearing or being wasted instead of being used for his kingdom. The Holy Spirit also has a way of keeping our egos from wanting to buy status and favor. Additionally, the Holy Spirit can help guard your heart from greed and idolatry which ultimately leads to divine judgment and ruin.
The Holy Spirit can also increase your earthly treasure. He can create opportunities that result in the addition of more treasure. The Holy Spirit can bless you so you have a greater return on your investments and efforts. I have also discovered that through his goodness, the Holy Spirit can shower material blessings upon us without any involvement on our part.
There are many ways to use treasure. It takes wisdom and discernment to know how and where and why we are investing our treasure in someone or something. Satan is quick to try to deceive us when it comes to the use of treasure. We are constantly bombarded with ways to spend our treasure on ourselves.
Allow Son Power to enable you to use your treasure in a supernatural way as the Holy Spirit provides opportunities for your treasure to be invested in God’s plans and purposes.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (emphasis added). More than we might ask or think! The Holy Spirit at work within us, using whatever treasure we have, accomplishing supernatural results. Son Power working in and through our treasure can accomplish great things.
Are you willing to ask the Holy Spirit to provide insight and discernment in how you can best invest your treasure? If you are, he will give you your heart’s desire and will show you how to use your treasure for God’s glory.
In what ways are you currently using your treasure for God’s kingdom?