The Dream

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Throughout his life, Pablo Picasso is estimated to have produced about 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints for engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures or ceramics. Thanks to casino magnate Steve Wynn, however, one oil painting will enjoy a greater level of infamy than all of these works.

The painting is titled The Dream, and Picasso completed it in 1932. In 1997, at an art auction at Christie’s in New York City, Steve Wynn purchased the painting for 47 million dollars. His purchase actually turned out to be quite an investment. In less than a decade, Wynn completed a deal to sell the painting for $139 million – tripling its value! This transaction would have set a record for the sale of a piece of art. It would have.

Just after completing the deal, Wynn, who was standing close to the painting, turned and inadvertently clobbered the Picasso with his elbow, placing a six-inch hole in the middle of the masterpiece. While no one is certain what this does to the value of the painting itself, the effect on the sale price was immediate. Even more quickly than it had come, the record-breaking $139 million sale evaporated.

That's how treasure on earth is. Just like that, it can be gone!

But Jesus says we can lay up for ourselves lasting treasures in heaven when we give ourselves away and say, "Lord, I want to live my life open-handed for You. I'm going to trust You to provide for me, and I'm going to be faithful in giving to You."

Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” That verse is exactly backward from how I thought it should be. I would have thought that Jesus would say, "Where your heart is, that's where you'll put your treasure." You know, if you've really got your heart in heaven, then you'll put your treasure there.

That's not what Jesus says. He says, "The more you put your treasure in heaven, the more your heart will be in heaven." The more you invest in the kingdom of God, the more the kingdom of God will rule and reign in your heart, because you're putting your treasure there. You're investing there and it’s become the priority in your life.

Where is your treasure?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!