Do you know that you have a treasure in your heart?
When we look in the mirror, we are not looking at the real person. The real person is on the inside. It is the hidden person of the heart!
The Apostle Peter wrote:
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, putting on gold, or wearing fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (Peter 3:3-4 NKJV, words in emphasis mine)
The hidden person of the heart is precious in the eyes of God, and the heart is where we keep what we treasure most!
One day our bodies will grow old and die, but the hidden person will live on for all eternity. We do our best make the outward person look as attractive as possible, but we often neglect our hearts. A gentle and quiet spirit is of great value in the eyes of God! We forget that our hearts are a treasure house. Jesus put it this way:
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)
Notice that both the good man and the evil man have a treasure in their hearts. What have you treasured in your heart? Is it good or is it bad?
The good man is the one who has Christ in his or her heart. Christ is the greatest treasure we can have. We must not allow anything to steal this treasure from us! He is the One who has brought life into our hearts. Without Him we are poor, naked and destined for death. What a great treasure He is!
There is another treasure we have in our hearts. We find it in the words of the Psalmist, who wrote:
“I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” (Psalm 119:162 NKJV, word in emphasis mine.)
God wants us to treasure His Word and hide it in our hearts!
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV, word in emphasis mine.)
God’s Word not only keeps us from sin, but it also produces life in us. Through His Word we have received eternal life. His Word also creates in us the abundant life that we long to have. We need to treasure God’s Word in our hearts so that it produces life in us and the world around us. This is why King Solomon wrote:
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
Other translations read: Guard your heart with all diligence. Why do we need to do that? That is where our treasure is! We need to guard what we have treasured in our hearts so that nothing robs us of the life, joy, and peace that it brings. If we guard our treasure, then when trouble comes our way, the Word will rise up within us to declare the victory over those circumstances. That is what enables us to be an overcomer and reign in this life. We are overcomers because of the treasure we have hidden in our hearts! The writer of Hebrews put it this way:
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (see Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)
Notice that because God’s Word says that He will never leave us or forsake us, we can boldly say that He will help us through our situation and we have nothing to fear. How awesome is that?
We need to take the treasure that we have hidden in our hearts and boldly declare what God has promised to do for us in His Word. So guard that treasure because it will make you an overcomer in every area of your life!
You are holy, dear saint!
What promises from God’s Word have you hidden in your heart? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]