Luke 12: Where Your Treasure Is, There Is Your Heart

One of the greatest lines in the Gospels from my perspective is found in Luke 12:34. Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The context is one in which Jesus teaches his disciples that God supplies their needs. As a result, they do not need to worry, but rather live a life of generosity that gives to those in need.

He then provides some examples:

A raven is given the food it needs to live by God, apart from work of its own.

The wild flowers of the field display exquisite beauty, apart from any effort on their own.

God cares for us much more than birds or flowers. As such, He challenges us not to worry, but to live the life He has called us to pursue, here and for eternity.

Where is your treasure? The next sale, the next paycheck, the next vacation, the next party, the next relationship? If so, that is where your heart will be focused. But if your treasure is Christ, he will be the focus of your heart.

To become more like Christ, we must focus more on Christ.

“Where your treasure is, there is your heart.”


Dillon Burroughs has written, co-written, or edited over 60 books, including the upcoming devotional work Thirst No More (October 2011). He served as an associate editor for The Apologetics Study Bible for Students and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Find out more at

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