Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be (Matthew 6:21).
Nothing affects our relationship with Christ more than what we consider our treasures. The more we seek them, the less time and energy (or desire) we have for anything else. A modern paraphrase might be, “Tell me where you spend your time and money, and I’ll tell you what you love.”
But nestled within that description of our relationship with God is a subtle nugget describing God’s relationship with us.
Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God said, Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine (Isa. 43:1). And St. Peter reminds us: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of [God's] own possession (1 Peter 2:9).
Some imagine God is an aloof Creator who enters history from time to time. But Scripture describes Him very differently.
He is our Father. And He is intimately and emotionally involved in our lives. O Lord, You have searched me and known me, King David wrote. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar . . . and are intimately acquainted with all my ways (Psalm 139:1-3).
We are God's treasure . . . and where His treasure is, there also is His heart.
So what power can separate God from His heart? St. Paul shouted the answer: Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
And that loves traces its way back to a hill called Golgotha. It was there that God gave His Son to suffer and die so we would not have to.
There was simply no better way God could show us what He loves -- and where is His heart.