So what did Hatton Gardens have to tell us just recently?
We were amazed to see on TV how an entrance to an underground vault was gained by boring a massive hole with a masonry drill through a metre of reinforced concrete.
An alarm had sounded but nobody took any notice, and treasured valuables to the tune of £35 million disappeared. So much for ‘safe deposit boxes’ trusted then by the seventy or so people bearing the losses.
Jesus highlighted the problem himself, speaking of ‘where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal’ (Matthew 6.19).
He was speaking of what was highly valuable and to be treasured, and where the safe place is to keep it.
And for us any savings that we might have, we are told that guaranteed safety even in a High Street Bank has a cap, and investment banks are currently a no no.
But Jesus was looking further than assets of money or property and takes us to what is of real value and worth. Much is being made of ‘British Values’ by our politicians in society at present, which moves us from ‘things’ to what matters in relationships and what is to be treasured in them.
But don’t we always need an expert to accurately carry out a valuation. Who is to give us a reliable valuation on worth in relationship?
Jesus had said: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust do corrupt and thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven’, where it is really safe and imperishable.
What is He really saying?
Well, in one of His parables He spoke of a ‘pearl of great price’ being found and the finder sold all that he had and bought it.
A believing relationship with Jesus Christ is of the highest value and worth, for it brings reconciliation to God, offended by our sinfulness.
It is a ‘treasure in the heavens that faileth not.’ (Luke 12.33)
Where, then, might we ask again, do we get an expert valuation on the worth of true relationship with God ?!