Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? I suspect that as children, or even as teenagers, most of you have gone "treasure hunting". What was the treasure, the "pot at the end of the rainbow"?
Was it lollies, chocolate maybe, a pot of gold? What treasures come to mind for you? Something far more expensive like your dream house or car? Maybe something more exotic, like a luxurious holiday on a tropical island?
Or, is the treasure your heart holds most dear something deeply meaningful, something that lasts more than just today and is gone tomorrow?
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, verses 32-34, Jesus both challenges and comforts us, and He, unsurprisingly begins with words of comfort: "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." He then throws out our challenge: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
"Do not be afraid", Jesus says. We may, and often sceptically, say: "Yeah sure; it's okay for you to say 'don't be afraid!" Some of us may even harbour thoughts such as: "You're the Son of God, what have you to be scared of?" To that line of thinking I would respond by saying, "look to the cross".
When we do look to the cross and hear the accounts of Jesus' trial and crucifixion, we quickly realise that the culmination of Jesus' ministry on earth was most certainly something for any person to be scared about.
But, Jesus, out of His immense love for all of us, endured all that pain, suffering and humiliation, knowing that we would not and could not withstand what He went through.
Jesus endured what we cannot, to fulfill God's master plan - "It's your heavenly Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
But what is this kingdom Jesus refers to and where is it? It's the "kingdom of heaven". This is the true treasure that we should all be hunting for. And we can all be assured that it's the prize that God wants us to accept, to take and run with for the rest of our life here on earth - and we can!
By setting your heart's desire on God's will and desire for us outlined in the Bible, you will be hunting the only true and everlasting treasure there is - a life of hope, joy, peace and unreserved love which lasts forever.