As I child I remember being captivated by stories of treasures and the pirates that captured them, hid them, lost them and found them. From Treasure Island to the Count of Monte Cristo, these tales have captured the imaginations of generations.

These images strike one’s mind when reading this proverb that Jesus spoke…

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

Fill it

The thing about a treasure chest is that it starts off empty.  Someone, after all, fabricated it of wood and metal and leather.  Then afterwards, it was purchased by some wealthy person so that they could contain and carry their wealth.

So it is with the heart.  Over one’s life, the heart gets filled with things.  Some store good things in it; love, knowledge, wisdom.  Others store evil things; hatred, bitterness, envy.

Either way, it gets filled.  Be careful what you pack into it,

Empty it

Life then also has a way of bringing out what is in a person’s heart.  Circumstances, trials, conflicts and opportunities open the treasure box and allow things to be drawn from it.

And so the mouth reveals what lies in abundance on the heart.  Do you find food or evil proceeding from your mouth? 

One Man’s Treasure Is Another Man’s Trash.

Value the good.  Collect it.  Store it as treasure in your heart.  And when the time is ripe, share it with others so all can enjoy the wealth that you collect.

David Capotosto