If we examine ourselves and really look deep within, we’d probably find many things that we hold of value. Many things that we desire and many things that make us happy.
If the heart was a house then I am sure it would be riddled with trinkets and toys. Hoarding everything we could find of value. There is a place in our heart that falls to the folly of the world, that is consumed with getting the newest phone and the biggest house. There is a place that longs for validation by others and finds solace in what others think of us. Even good things, I’m sure if you could look into your own heart there is a spot where your family and friends are treasured.
None of these desires are necessarily bad but in the context of the majority of our lives we focus more on the desires of this world rather than the one who created the world.
This tension is not something that our God was unaware of, Paul felt the same tension within the church of Phillipi and addressed it when he wrote:
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
The issue that Paul was addressing was that the church at the time was finding their worth in their Jewish heritage. If anyone at the time could find worth in what they had done or what they had acquired it would be Paul himself…
“… though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.”
At the time, he was considered one of the most educated and respected amongst society. Yet Paul says, he counts it all as loss. Paul’s point is quite humbling to the church of Philipi as he is taking everything they would strive for and he’s saying, I’ve got it and it’s not of real worth.
I’m sure if we looked into the home that is our hearts, it would be interesting to see what we find…
Probably a few things we spend too much time on…
Probably a few things we could just get rid of…
These ideas are addressed within the prayer of this song, that Jesus Christ would take his rightful place as King over our lives. That we would begin to understand the true worth of knowing Jesus Christ and in doing so, find a worth that nothing else could bring.
Check out the lyrics to Jesus, My Treasure here.