A few months ago a friend asked me for my special almond cherry muffin recipe. These muffins are fabulous: perfectly moist inside, with a light, toasty top. I danced around her question, said something about emailing it to her later; and never actually got around to it, crossing my fingers that she’d forget about it.
I can’t share this recipe. I’ll be giving away something that makes me special. And what if she makes them better than me? I can’t risk that.
I refused to share this muffin recipe (which I found online…that’s right…I didn’t even develop it myself!) because that would mean giving away something that makes me special. More than my stomach, these muffins were feeding my ego, giving me a sense of value with every “Mmm these are so good!”
It’s a silly example- maybe even a little overdramatic- but the truth is we’ve all got our own muffins- a little something that makes us feel special.
Maybe it’s a make-up technique that makes your skin a special kind of flawless. Perhaps it’s a work out regimen; if you share it, you’ll no longer have the best physique of your friend group. Maybe you have a special study strategy that helps you ace your exams every time. You can’t risk sharing this with your little sister, for the risk of losing your spot as the smart one.
We cling to our cherry muffins for dear life because what makes us special makes us valuable. And what makes us valuable makes us worthy of taking up space in the world.
We treat these specialties like they are our treasures. And God’s word has a thing or two to say about treasures.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows the dichotomy of our two choices: worldly treasures and heavenly treasures. We can hold onto treasures of this world, such as materialistic items, work, success, money, and the opinions of man, OR treasures of heaven such as God, the Word, kingdom work, eternal relationships, worship, etc.
According to Jesus, our earthly treasures will fade. They have no eternal value. When God calls us home, my muffins and your gifts will be left outside the gates of heaven. We can’t take those in with us. But amazingly, we won’t even miss our earthly treasures because the moment we see the face of God, His glory will full-fill our every desire forever and ever.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We think we’ve got a tight hold on our treasures, but along the way they’ve constricted a death grip on our hearts- stealing our joy with every breath.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my heart to be consumed with the anxiety and pressure of maintaining my earthly treasures. I don’t want to be obsessed with competing against my sisters to be special and valuable. I want to be a woman who is so amazed by God’s treasures that I joyfully loosen my grip on all earthly things.
So to my sister with white knuckles, grasping your tray of cherry muffins, praying to God that they’ll give you the value you so desperately seek:
Loosen your grip. Take the Father’s right hand in yours, and free up the left to reach all that He has for you. You don’t need special muffins to be worthy of taking up space in His world. You’ve got a stamp of approval, sealed with the blood of Christ, and that’s more than enough.
With Love & Freedom,
Next time you feel your fists tighten up on your special treasures of this world, consider sharing them with others and enjoy the freedom of loosening your grip and watching a friendship flourish from your self-less giving. Then you’ll experience joy in the Lord- one of His finest eternal treasures.