PASTOR'S PEN: Recognizing treasurers

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

‘Treasurers’ can be wealth, such as money, jewels, or precious metals stored up or hoarded. Some things of great worth or value which can also be found in a person, felt to be rare or precious (loved).

I’m sure that there are things in each of our lives, including activities or some loved ones, that are very valuable to us. Some may become so important to us we could consider them ‘Treasurers’ which could lead to planning our lives and time around them.

We need to be extra careful about what we elevate to the level of ‘Treasurers’ in our lives. Jesus spoke on this in Matthew 6:19-21 about money and possessions.

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Some may have, unknowingly, placed value on things that can be broken, worn out, or rusted then becoming of no use. In any activity the equipment needed can no longer fulfill our newly reached skill level. We can be prompted into thinking we must have a newer or improved model to replace and discard the old ‘Treasurers’ that are attempting to satisfy our flesh.

We need to be careful because this can also influence our relationships with others. 

‘Treasurers’ can certainly include those people dear to us that we cannot imagine living without them. However, as with life we may have lost some of those ‘Treasurers.’

Beginning today, take an assessment of our ‘Treasurers.’ Some may have taken control of us, others may have been pushed off into a corner, even forgotten.  Have we allowed some relationships that once were so important to us to slip into the shadows?

We need to be careful with allotted time spent on ‘Treasurers.’ A top priority should be our relationship with Jesus, who gave it all for us! It is only by continuing that fellowship with Him that we enter the Family of God.

By letting the ‘Treasurers’ here on earth to take top priority, are we pushing God aside? Will we be able to explain that when standing before Him? Think about that for a moment. 

Reminds me of the song “I Can Only Imagine.”  

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.