Luke 12:16-34 NKJV – “A Treasure That Does Not Fail.”
In the passage of scripture above, Jesus encourages His followers to focus on service to God, fulfilling charitable actions and giving to others, which builds heavenly riches; opposed to living a self-centered lifestyle, storing up material possessions and wealth for one’s own self.
v.33 “Sell what you have, and give alms; provide for yourselves money bags which do no grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.“
By serving God and making purpose-driven kindom investments, the believer is essentially storing up for him/herself eternal treasure (a treasure in the heavens that does not fail). Investing in the eternal, opposed to the natural life, produces true security, as the scripture goes on to say in verse 34:
v.34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“
A person with a heart set on eternity, conditioned after heavenly treasure, can have much more confidence in the quality of his/her present life and (eternal) future, than the person whose heart is conditioned after the material wealth of the world that diminishes and depreciates, passes away, and can be taken away. Everyone can benefit from an honest examination of the heart to identify whether or not we have the confidence and security of an unfailing treasure.
Proverbs 4:23 KJV “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.“
If after considering the matter, you find that you have entertained a form of selfishness or have sought the treasure that is in vain, just repent and ask God for His forgiveness and direction. Set your heart wholly on Him, ask His help to cultivate the treasure that does not fail, and He will lead you into true riches. For earnest on the believer’s treasure in the present life, read II Corinthians 4:7 KJV:
v.6 “For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.“
The believer’s treasure is security in the all-sufficient God.