It’s unusual that I’m ahead of the game. But here it is, New Years Eve and I’m declaring my word of 2021. My word for 2020 was “Wisdom.” Although I’ll not say I’m much wiser at the end of the year, I will say that I have obtained wisdom that I hope will lead me into 2021 understanding the value, or lack there of, of many things in this world. Which is why I believe the Lord lead me to my 2021 word of “treasure.” I thought it was an odd word, until i began to study it out in scripture. Which is where God is leading me as I embark on 2021. Let wisdom guide you into the treasure of 2021.
Matthew 6:19-20,22-23 KJVS
 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
While many things changed in 2020, and not for the better; one thing never changed and that was Heaven. Anything that anyone of us have laid up in Heaven is still there! Isn’t that exciting in this world of disposability where nothing is viewed as valuable, even life. But in Heaven it’s not that way, and everything that we’ve sent there: our good works and our people, they’re waiting on us! That makes me very happy, to know that God is taking care of my people and my work that I’ve done in His name and for His glory.
Ninety-eight times treasure is mentioned in scripture (KJV). The first of which is in the story of Joseph in Genesis 43:23 when Joseph restores his brothers treasures back to their sack causing them to think they’re in big trouble! When actually Joseph is just messing with their head. The treasure was all apart of Joseph’s plan to bring them back in humility for more provisions out of Egypt. Humility is indeed a treasure. It causes us to recognize how very unworthy we are when we sit before the King.
That’s a good place for me to begin 2021, in a place of humbleness and willingness to set things right with God. The only way of which I can do that is claim the price His Son paid as enough. There is nothing that I can do to pay my entrance into eternity or pay the price for the peace I’ve received here on earth. But I can go to God and acknowledge that I am grateful for His provisions for me on earth.
A few chapters later Joseph confesses his identity to his brothers and they’re shocked to find out he is not only alive, he’s in a place of power because of their deceitful behavior and God used it for His glory. How wonderful to know that even the many, many, many mistakes I have made can be used for God’s glory.
This morning as I begin to wonder what 2021 will hold, I don’t have to wonder Who holds it. And my word for the year is “Treasure.” For which I’ll begin by examining where my own treasures of the heart lie. Hmmm…. how about yours?