Thursday, March 09, 2006

Where is your Heart?

(Mat 6:21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

What an amazing statement! Where is your heart? If you really want to know, look to see where your treasure is. This verse is not just talking about money, although that would be included. Where do you spend your time and energy? What is it that consumes you?

In the day we live in, we have so many things to occupy our time and money, or our “treasure.” The devil bombards us with things to occupy our treasure. Many times it is even “good” things. Why? To keep our hearts/love from God. Our life is about God. It is not about a bigger house, or more money. It is not how many cars you have, or what clubs you belong to. We spend our time chasing the “American Dream”, instead of Almighty God. Many times we teach our children a false definition of success. True success is in relation to God (Joshua 1:8,9).

For many, their career consumes them, for others it is a hobby. Some it is even “church”, or their “theological position”. I know, as a preacher, many times I can get so busy in my work for God, I loose my focus on the God of the work. These things are tragic.

What is it that drives you? Why do you get up each morning? Is it to get that promotion at work? Is it to shoot that deer or get a better golf score? Is it to get that attendance button at church? Is it to make sure you have 750 people in service so you can report it to the “Sword of the Lord”?

Oh, how we need to set our heart on the Lord. How do we do this? By putting your treasure there. Put your heart and mind on God. From the time you wake up, put a prayer from the heart to the Lord. Dwell upon Him throughout the day. Talk with Him. Read His Book that He wrote for you. Allow God to be the focus of your life. Don’t let your career control you, let God. Don’t live for a hobby, live for God. Don’t let church simply become your social club, let it be about drawing closer to God.

Today God’s people need to put their love on Him, and quit being “entangled with the affairs of this life”.

I leave you with two verses to dwell on. They are two verses that always speak to my heart.

(Col 3:1,2) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


SoloZealot said...

Thank you for that post.

Often I have gotten discouraged in matters like this. Not exactly because it is a great struggle, but sometimes I feel all alone with such thoughts!

I'm glad you mentioned 'time' as being something valuable. I'm not 'well off' myself (worldly term that is), but I personally believe that time is the most valuable thing that we could ever have. Money is not worth much in comparison.

In the past year or so, I have given up a lot of my own personal entertainment which took up a great deal of time. It was definitely not edifying in general, nor did it ever point towards improving my relationship with the Lord. It did quite the opposite in fact.

I made a decision that if I was to have a 'break', then I would like to be as productive as I could with my break. This introduces a whole heap of new problems besides, and sometimes when my priorities have been 'out of order', I may as well have been occupied with entertainment.

It is true that our energies can be greatly misdirected, and yet because that it is not ‘money’ then we think that the Lord doesn’t mind. That is something that I really disagree with. One of the two greatest commandments that is mentioned is in Matthew 22:37, “...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” I think it is wrong for someone to put all their heart soul and mind in say, sport, or some kind of work that they do. I’m all for work and doing a great job, maybe even learning a professional skill, but I believe in Biblical work ethics--they are not our life.

Once again, we have the Bible. Clear black and white to show us how we are to behave ourselves in these matters. The Bible we have is an extremely precious gift. We can know for sure, without any previous experiences, what the key to true success really is.

Thank you for that post.

Terry McGovern said...

Bro Tim,

Time is very important. If I loose some money I can always regain it, but time passed I can never again regain.

The focus of our time and energy needs to be on God. It is true today that many people live for entertainment instead of God.

Things on this earth need to stay in perspective.

For instance, there is nothing wrong with fishing/hunting for enjoyment, but when that begins to consume or gain an unmerited place in ones life, it is now sin. Fishing was not the sin, but the place it took in ones life became the sin. To put it as you did, priorities where out of order.

Same with a career. There is nothing worng with a good career, but when that becomes your passion, and not the Lord, it is now sin.

We simply need to keep our priorities in order.