As some of you know, Eric and I were given an astoundingly generous gift of a weekend away at a super swanky resort in Maryland. The place was beautiful, the food was soooo good, and we had an awesome time together reconnecting, relaxing, and generally just enjoying each other’s company. We came home so refreshed!
We were soooo out of our league. We generally kept to ourselves (which was fine with us!) because it seemed like everyone else had some topics of conversation that we knew nothing about. We overheard (maybe “eavesdropped” is a better word haha) discussions on investments, what the type of boat you own says about you, a 40,000 square foot house someone just bought (seriously), and we heard lots of complaining from people who felt their service should be better or that things weren’t prepared in a manner that was pleasing to them, and we even learned some new definitions:
Pescatarian- a vegetarian who eats fish
Panna cotta- a very gross gelatin dessert. Looks pretty, tastes like lumpy, mushy baby food
All this to say, we learned a lot about material wealth this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun to pretend we had it for a little, but it was easy to see how one could get caught up in it, strive for more of it, obsess over it. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think money is necessarily bad, and this gift was given to us with a pure and generous heart, but just like with everything else as a Christ-follower, you have to inspect your heart’s motives.
Isn’t it easy to figure that if we made just this much more, we would be fine? That problems would be solved and all would be right in the world. Maybe I’m misreading the headlines of People mag in the line at the grocery store, but I think P. Diddy and Mase were onto something with Mo Money, Mo Problems (don’t even act like that wasn’t your late 90’s jam….)
So Jesus talks a LOT about money. Was He obsessed with money? Nope. But He sure knew we would be. It’s so easy fall into the trap of putting so much value onto it that it controls us, constructs our motives and desires, and kills us spiritually. Of course I’m not saying that all the people there are all wrong and are spiritually dead, I’m just saying, hey, maybe there’s a reason Jesus speaks so much about money.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Jesus isn’t talking about physical, material wealth. He wants us to treasure God, our relationship with Him, and He wants us to treasure each other. We are to seek out lost and hurting people with the exact same zeal that we would seek an abundance of physical treasure. How do I know this?
Because He compares the kingdom of heaven to earthly treasures. Check out Matthew:
I think that’s so cool. Once we find Him, He is supposed to be all we desire, we should be able to give up anything in order to follow. We should be obsessing over being useful vessels, striving to be salt and light, and yearning for Him to guide our paths. And to get us to understand it, He compares it to the pearl of all pearls!
Eric and I had an awesome time this weekend. We said on more than one occasion that we could get used to living the high life. But ultimately, we were just so grateful to have some time to hang out together, relax, and reconnect. My thoughts here are a little random, but they’re there nonetheless. I’ve never been around such wealth and affluence so it sparked a few thoughts. Not trying to offend anyone, but hoping it might spark a thought or two in each of us about what we treasure and where our hearts are.
Maybe the more sure we are of our money and where it’s coming from, the less sure we are that God could come through and provide. Maybe we can do it on our own, but at what cost?