It is so easy to compare ourselves to others. Most of all, we compare what we have (or don’t have) to the belongings of others. It is easy to compare your job with somebody else’s job. We deduce a manager makes twice as much as we do, or a CEO makes ten times as much as we do. It is so easy to want things, but it is not easy to work for those things. But is the wealthiest job all that matters? Are the things people have, which we lack, what matter the most? Are these treasures actually treasure?
As Christians, we have the greatest treasure of all. We have Scripture—God’s very words to His people. These words that the apostles and prophets wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) are God’s words for you. They were written and spoken to and for people at specific times, and they are also for us today. For example, Jesus taught the parable of the rich fool for a reason (Luke 12:13-21). He taught it to make a point to the Pharisees, and He also taught it in His eternal wisdom for us today.
The rich man’s error was that he had satisfaction and security in his possessions rather than relationship with God. Our possessions will always fail us, but God never will. A medical emergency may happen, or our car may malfunction in any number of ways, or our home may flood—all of these possessions betraying our trust; and even worse, we may not have the funds to cover the costs. So even money fails us. And when we think we don’t have enough or all the things we “need”—which we often confuse our wants as “needs”—we envy the things we don’t have. Jesus, however, was more than enough to cover the cost of our sins. He never failed us on the way to the Cross, and He will never fail us now and into the future. We can always rely on Him even when it seems all is lost. Nothing is ever lost with Jesus; he will leave the flock of 99 sheep to go after the lost one.
The context of this parable is fitting considering what Jesus summarises in His next point, “Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you… For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:31, 34). As Christians, we have the greatest treasure of all: Jesus Christ. That might sound like a devotional cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Jesus has reconciled us to God and we can participate in a relationship with Him. No treasure is greater than that. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
That 6-figure salary we envy and desire does not matter; it will pass away. It might make living on this earth a lot easier, but it also makes becoming prideful easier. Desiring it and trusting in it will ultimately fail us; it will not last forever. Christ, however, is eternal, and so is the salvation He grants us. Christ will never pass away, and neither will we as we abide in Him. The luxuries of our time on this earth may be nice, and the greater treasures of the earth may grant greater comforts, but they all inevitably pass away even though they’re tangible. Even our intangible earthly desires pass away. We find ourselves wanting one thing, but then it’s not enough and we want something else better, then the pattern repeats itself. But Jesus is more than enough. He was more than enough for our salvation and propitiation against God’s wrath on our behalf, and He is more than enough for our hearts. Place your heart upon Him, and the rest will follow. When we rely on Him, we will find that there is nothing we need more than we need Him. In comparison to Him, everything else is insignificant. Although we have obvious needs in this life such as food, water, and even money to live, God promises us all those things in prayer when we pray for our daily bread because it is Christ who gives us such blessings.
So where do your treasures lie? If you find yourself comparing yourself to others and what they have or how they are as a person, how are you trusting God with that? Are you trusting Him to supply your daily bread—your daily needs? Do you trust what He’s given you is enough? Are your desires even necessary? Most importantly, are you praying for God’s will or your own?
Lay your treasures in Heaven, which is to trust and rely on God for your daily needs. God has given us life, and He promises to sustain it. Trust Him that He will keep His word; He’s certainly done so with many other things. Placing our treasure in Heaven grants us contentment. I may not have a 6-figure salary, but I do have what’s necessary to live this life. I have all I need to support myself and even bring the Gospel to others. While both those things may be easier with a 6-figure salary, God does not say to trust in those things, for no one can serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). There can only be one master, and He desires that we trust Him, for He is the Master of our life whether we believe in Him or not. If it were God’s will for me, then I would have a 6-figure salary. Whether we have a 6-figure salary or not, God’s will is still for us to trust in Him rather than in our possessions because where those things fail and betray us, God is always faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).