Our name is derived from two scriptures referencing treasures. Both are found in the sixth chapter of their respective New Testament books: thus, the name “Six Treasures.” The two passages are:
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.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
These scriptures teach us that we need to be extremely cautious about where we focus our resources and what we ultimately value. And those who are materially rich are instructed to use their wealth as a means to bless others. Wealth should produce generosity and thanksgiving, not false pride and selfishness.
Jesus’ life clearly demonstrated a focus on real people – especially on those who find themselves on the margins of society. We, like Jesus, seek to intentionally focus our resources on building life-giving relationships with real people – especially the materially poor and homeless. It is in our relationships with Jesus and the people he loves that we find our treasures.