The TV played in the background this evening, as I worked in the kitchen prepping meals for the next few days. An old Shark Tank episode was winding to a close with an update from a previous show. It was of no consequence that it was a rerun from several years previous; I had not seen it before. Three young men from Rhode Island had pitched their Nuts and More nut butter business to the sharks and had been awarded a deal with Mark Cuban. Now, a few months later, Nuts and More had become wildly successful and they were back reporting that their business had grown from a few thousand in sales to millions. Instead of their previous $2500 per week, they were currently bringing in $2500 per day! And, not surprisingly, they were elated!
“This is a dream come true.”
“It’s all I’ve ever wanted!”
(Heavy sigh). Why, I wondered….Why do we aim so low????
Is money, success, riches our “dream come true,” – our “everything I ever wanted?” If so, I fear we are settling for far, far too little!
After all, isn’t it true that any and all riches we might attain in this world will do us no good in a coffin? I just wonder … as our spirit leaves our body, will we be greatly aggrieved that we did not set our sights on treasure that cannot be seen, and yet is not perishable? Will we sorrow over the fact that we did not want more for ourselves? MUCH more?
As our worldly treasures drift farther and farther from our sight, will our spiritual eyes finally perceive that we are about to enter eternity and the presence of the Most High as a naked pauper? A pauper who had so much potential and yet squandered his time and talents collecting things with no eternal value. Instead of gathering pearls we collected the empty seashells. When we could have mined for diamonds, we ferreted away the coal. We had set our sights on a target. We had perfected our aim. We worked hard to achieve our goals. And just as total success was within our grasp, we discovered we had aimed for the wrong goal – and got it! And now, sadly, we find that after eagerly following the wrong treasure map, we have reached our desired destination, and the treasure chest is full of maggots.
The ugly truth is that we could come to our end only to find that we completely missed the point, tossing the treasured diamonds and pearls to the side as we greedily grappled for the trash instead. We understand now. We had substituted trash for treasure and collected the wrong commodity. And now it is too late.
“All I ever wanted.”
“My dream come true.”
Such short-sighted dreams, desires, and goals. What if instead, our greatest desire, our most fervent prayer, our most treasured goal, had been to be so close to our Heavenly Bridegroom that we could feel His breath on our face? What if we had desired more than anything to enter the Secret Place of the Most High where His robe fills the sanctuary and incense rises continually?What if we had dared to dream of the riches of being invited to live in His presence forever? What if we had learned to etch His heart into the fabric of our lives and the lives of others? Ahhhhh, now THAT would be eternal treasure indeed!
Matthew 6:19-21 19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.