The parable of the hidden treasure is one of many references Jesus made about money and possessions. In fact, Jesus spoke to this topic more than His teachings on Heaven and Hell combined. Why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? Because there is a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money. We may try to divorce our faith and our finances, but God sees them as inseparable. Jesus’ story about treasure in the field is an object lesson concerning heavenly treasure. Of course, no matter how great the value of that earthly fortune, it would be worthless in eternity. In fact, it’s exactly this kind of treasure that people waster their lives pursuing. Jesus appealed to what we do value – temporary, earthly treasure – in order to make an analogy about what we should value; that is, eternal, heavenly treasure.
In Matthew 6, Jesus unveiled the foundation of what is known as “The Treasure Principle”. It is one of His most neglected teachings. Jesus took that profound truth which says, “You can’t take it with you,” and qualified that thought by telling us to store up treasures for ourselves in Heaven. Jesus gave us “The Treasure Principle” which says, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Jesus is our first Treasure. A place called Heaven is our second treasure. Possessions, eternal rewards, are our third treasure.
What person are you living for? What place are you living for? What possessions are you living for? “The Treasure Principle” is to be mastered. “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.”