Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hearts and Treasures

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

It isn’t a good thing to mix up Scriptures. One that is often turned around is when Jesus said your heart is where your treasure is. A lot of people think your treasure is where your heart is. After all, aren’t we taught to “follow your heart”? Jesus was right and He knew exactly what the word placement should be. That’s because the heart, unless controlled by the Holy Spirit, will follow after stuff. 

Have you found that it’s hard to get a really good assessment of your heart? I’ve seen the most rational people rationalize the ridiculous. I’ve seen the most spiritual people spiritualize the ungodly. I’ve even seen the most godly people go in the most God-forsaken ways. That’s because, as the prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” [17.9]  

If you want to get an X-Ray of your heart, check out your treasures — the things that really matter to you. Let me offer a few suggestions:

Check your checkbook: Where do you spend your disposable income? That’s where your heart is.

Check your calendar: Where do you spend most of your free time? That’s where your heart is.

Check your Internet history: What sites do you visit most? That’s where your heart is.

Check your Twitter account: Whose “Tweets” are you following? That's where your heart is. 

Check your dreams: What would you buy if money were no object? That's where your heart is. 

Check your thoughts: What are the most reoccurring themes? That's where your heart is. 

Jesus was right again (as He always is): your treasure is the best tool to evaluate your heart. Convicting, isn’t it? I think I need some additional prayer time today. And, you?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6.21

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