What is the greatest treasure that I have? Is it physical things like jewelry? I went through a phase of attending and hosting jewelry parties. Of course, if you go to one of these parties, you almost feel obligated to make a purchase for your friend, so she can earn prizes. And if you host one of these parties, more than likely you are going to make a purchase, plus hopefully win a lot of prizes! I ended up with a great deal of jewelry which I hardly wear anymore. So it might have been a treasure at one point, but not so much anymore.
What about my home? When I first moved in I was in awe. I finally had a home of my own. I really enjoyed having a house and taking care of it. I planted wonderful flower beds full of roses and perenials, with brick edged borders. There is even an arbor that holds a swing under one of the shade trees, with paving stones as the floor. I spread out family treasures such as the quilt made by my great grandmother. Now the newness has worn off, and even though I am still very grateful for where I live and for what I have, I don't think my home is my treasure anymore.
What about my relationships with friends and family? I was married for thirteen years. I had a son who died before we could take him home from the hospital. Even though I look at his photo and take out his baby blanket, the pain is nowhere near as bad as it was at the beginning. I prayed as Hannah did for Samuel, asking God to bless me with another son. God sent me two more sons, both of whom are now teenagers. One of those sons accepted Christ at vacation Bible school when he was four or five. The other did the same when he was about ten. Both of their salvations caused me great joy and relief! Are my sons my greatest treasure? Sometimes I wonder... What about my parents, my brothers and sister and their families, my grandparents (that's my graddad in the picture, witnessing to a homeless man at a mission)? Although I love to spend time with my family, I don't know if I would call them my greatest treasure, either.
How about my relationship with Christ? Is that it? It should be! The Bible says in Matthew 6:19-21 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
I have a long way to go, and it seems that my earthly treasures change from day to day. I know I need to do my best to let my greatest treasure be my relationship with Christ and what I do to serve Him.