A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NKJV
“What did he just say?” In modern day professional sports the camera is always rolling. Some cameras are focused solely on certain players or the coach, so that they can capture the instant emotion of a call or action. They will show the joy of a great play and verbal response to a bad call. They replay it in slow motion. The nation has become professional lip readers, “yep, that’s what he said.”
Jesus is teaching that it is hypocritical to judge others without first inspecting the words and actions of your own life. What would the world see replayed in slow motion coming out of your mouth? What words of judging others would be the dominant conversation on your lips? Words reveal where the mind and heart have been living.
In our verse, “thēsaurou” is the greek word for treasure. It is the same word that we use for thesaurus. It’s not like finding a treasure box of gold, rather it means a storehouse of valuable things. Both the good and evil person have been storing lots of different “stuff” in their heart on what they have determined is valuable.
How do you determine the treasure of highest value for your mind and heart to dwell upon?
Paul gives some broad categories in Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Memorize this verse and use it as a filter for your thinking and your words. Is it praiseworthy to be talking about another person in the way that you just spoke?
I want to suggest a few more opposites that can become stumbling blocks and their counterparts for storing up treasure that are of highest value.
- Anger – Love. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger and give the devil a foothold. Anger arises when a perceived injustice has occurred. Most of the time, you personally are on the receiving end of the injustice. Forgive, ask for forgiveness, deal with it as quickly as possible. Unchecked anger will find a way to spit out its venom. James says that there is an anger that does not sin…it moves us to correct injustice.
- Taking up an offence – Forgive. God gives grace to people that have been wronged to forgive the other person. Don’t waste time harboring bitterness or hatred. Forgive them as Christ has forgiven you. Is there someone that you are unwilling to forgive? Unforgiveness will spoil your life like sour milk that both smells and taste bad.
- Jealousy – Bless “I deserve “this” in my own life!”. Envy can’t dwell in the same room as gratefulness. Wanting and taking things from others has its core in jealousy of a perceived bountifulness in others lives. Money, nice cars, a good home, powerful positions, or a stable family are not equally distributed. How can we be grateful and responsible with the little that we have been entrusted with, knowing that others have been given so much more?
- Blessing others for the goodness that you perceive does two things in your life. First it is like applying a teflon coating over your heart. You are protecting your heart from envious thoughts that try to stick to you. You can speak blessing and let your feelings catch up with your words.
- Secondly, speaking blessing over another’s life opens the door for good to be poured into your life. Blessing has a boomerang effect on your life. It is the core principle that blessing given to others will return blessing upon your own life.
Life is too short to spend time mining treasures that are poisonous to our own lives. Learn to love, forgive, and bless. The Holy Spirit will help you. You will be eating and giving away all of His fruit as you make “following His lead” the number one activity in your life. What a blessed Monday Mantra – Storing up good treasures while dismissing those of lower value.
Blessing Love y’all