From My Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

What are you storing up?

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 NLT

We live in a world that places great value on possessions, accomplishments, popularity, appearance, educational degrees, talent, position and power.

Christians are not immune to being caught up in this value system. They forget that possessions can be stolen or wear out. They seem to be blinded to the fact that accomplishments are forgotten, beauty fades and “friends” abandon you. They are proud of their talent but fail to acknowledge where their talent came from.
I have heard it said that if you look at a person’s bank statement you will see where their heart is. I believe this to be true. You can tell at a glance if the person is storing up material possessions, hungrily searching for more entertainment or excitement. Yes, the way we spend money reveals our character, what we value and who or what is driving us.

The way we spend another valuable resource, our time is very telling as well. How do we spend our free time? Do we most often spend it serving ourselves? It may be that project around the home to make ourselves more comfortable or to be more appealing to the eye. Maybe it’s that thrill seeking adventure or wonderful entertainment. Or in contrast can we often be found humbly serving others and bringing glory to our Lord.

If we are listening to our logical and ever so selfish nature we lean toward storing up for ourselves material items and exciting adventures. Yes, we may gain some temporary treasure and happiness. They will soon all fade away and we will once again be striving for something new and better.

There is no absolutely firm, unshakeable security to be found in material things or a guarantee of lasting happiness in any experience or relationship. No amount of money will bring genuine security and contentment. Only God can give us a guarantee like that.

So how then should we live?
I say live your life openly. Live with an open heart that hears God’s voice and that is tender to the needs of others.
Live with open hands that aren’t grasping for your own desires but are willing to serve others.

By living this way you are storing up treasure in heaven and fulfilling the two greatest commandments. “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NLT

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