It is impossible to consider a history of the Americas apart from treasure.
When Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, he was looking for two things: he sought a shorter route to India, and he was looking for treasure.
The conquistadors brought religion to the land of the Aztecs and Incas, but they were principally looking for gold to take back to Spain to fund that country’s navy. In addition to the Spanish language, they brought European diseases, such as smallpox, that wiped out both native cultures.
Men have sought and laid up treasures for as long as there have been human beings, only to find their lives gone and death at the door. Columbus died May 20, 1506 still believing he had found a shorter route to India. One of the conquistadors, Francisco Pizzarro, was assassinated.
Jesus talked about treasure, too, but it was the kind of treasure that could not be stolen and one which could not be destroyed by time and decay. The Lord encouraged us to use a different banking system that of the world.
Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,” (Matthew 6:19). He knew that many people stored things on earth they will never use, things that will never benefit them or anyone else. When talking about the rich fool who built more storehouses to hold his treasures, Jesus said, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”(Luke 12:20).
People sometimes say, “If I can’t take it with me, I’m not going.” Of course, they’re wrong about that. They will, indeed, go, and they won’t be taking anything with them. The idea of a hearse towing a trailer is so absurd it’s laughable, but isn’t that the way many think? Isn’t that how they live?
Oh, how much happier we’d be in this life and in eternity if we heeded the words of Jesus, who said, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” (Matthew 6:20).
Where is your treasure? What are you storing up and when do you think it will make you prosper? Nothing on this earth can help provide one bit of assurance in eternity, except the Lord Jesus and his body, the church. As the hymn says, “Live for Jesus, oh, my brother; his disciple ever be. Render not to any other what alone the Lord’s should be.”