Your Heart IS Your Treasure
Scripture tells us that, “where your heart is, that’s where your treasure is going to be.” (paraphrased from Matthew 6:21). My interpretation of that has always been that whatever my heart longs or lusts for, that will be the current love of my life – be it people, places or stuff! So, if I am longing for that new:
But what if that longing, that lusting, that craving is something that makes us ill and could ultimately destory us or someone else, like alcohol, drugs, food binging, pornography? People with addictions are seeking NOT to go within, to feel the pain, to examine and know themselves and deal with the hurts of their lives. In accepting that our real treasure is our heart; knowing that we know and not being afraid to go within, would we perhaps rid humanity of self-destructive addictions? It’s a scary place to go at times, but the healing of the heart does wonders to heal the physical!
Anyone who wants to know where my heart is at any particular moment, will find it when they know what my current lustful longing happens to be. Come back tomorrow and I bet you it will have changed!
Talk about a fleeting and fickle heart! No wonder I’ve been con-fused; have not found a lot of stability in my days on earth! What a fickle lot most humans have turned out to be, if that is indeed the case – that our lustful longings will determine where to find the most important organ of the human body (not physically but spiritually)!
Perhaps the scripture quote was mistranslated or misinterpreted; who knows.
If our heart is the barometer by which we judge what is important, then what is important will always be something external and we will always be looking outside of self for our treasure. BUT, what if we’ve got it backwards; what if the very thing we use as the barometer to determine our happiness, our treasures and what is valuable…is itself all of these things? We’ve had our sight turned inside out instead of outside in!
I like to think that my heart IS the treasure; that all I will ever need in my human existence and beyond, can be found within the caverns of my heart. I like to think that my heart is a diamond in the rough. We know that diamonds come from coal and it is through the heating process that all of the drudgery gets burned away; all the stuff we might find to be garbage in comparison with the diamond. Finding a diamond, we will not discard it but will treasure it.
If our heart stopped working, we would physically die. But is there more to it than that; what about while we are alive? Could the human heart be symbolic; a mini example of a larger functioning organism – something that keeps all of the universe alive and breathing? The heart cavity has different rooms that have different functions, and when one malfunctions, the others suffer.
When John was baptizing he pointed out that he baptized with water, but the one who would come would baptize with fire. He spoke of Yahshua.
Yahshua said he was going to the Father and that in His Father’s house there are many mansions.
Pulling all of this together and reflecting on my own journey, my heart has been on fire a lot of times and at other times it has felt like it had died; was stone cold. My heart has been covered in coal, blackened and at times was sightless; seeing no hope or solution to what was causing the pain. Hidden in the heart, behind doors that I didn’t even know were there, were memories (some sweet, others painful) that I was unaware of.
It has only been in being willing to go into the many mansions and rooms of my heart; being willing to find and deal with whatever was found, that I have been cleaned and healed; that the dross has been burned away and given back to the Universe.
Is my heart completely spring cleaned, tested in the healing fires that burn away the dross? No, it is not. It is a process that begins with a willingness to seek out and offer my heart up to self and the Universe for healing and spring cleaning. Anger, hatred, envy…these are not products of love. Is anyone totally free of these things that are not products of love; does anyone dare to say he or she will live the rest of their human life and not be “upset by a person, place or thing?”
If so, that person has reached perfection.
I like to think that all that we might call the universe or universes or multi-verses are contained within the heart of the Creator; that you and I are in behind some of those closed doors, afraid to come out for fresh air; afraid to find what we might find. I like to think that the Creator is opening those doors for us, beckoning us to come out, to be healed and to be whole, to
Enter into the Wholeness of His Heart
Entering within my own heart I am cleaning off the dross and dust that has kept it from being the bright and shining morning star, the twinkle in the eye, the diamond that sparkles lighting up my entire countenance. Without my heart, I would physically cease to exist. Therefore the physical heart is indeed a “treasure” that no man can live without. How about the spiritual heart, for are we not more than flesh and bone? Are we not created in the Image of the Creator, who is Spirit?