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Where Is Our Heart?

Luke 12:34

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

RayMcDWhere is our heart? Of course I’m not talking about the organ that pumps our blood. I’m talking about our inner being – our heart – our spiritual self. Jesus says – where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So a question might be – what do we treasure? What holds the top spot in our lives or the top five spots?

Where is our heart? Who were we rooting for in the presidential debate Monday night? How do we think our candidate did in the debate? Are we even open to hearing the other side or are our hearts closed toward the other candidate? Are we so certain our candidate of choice is the best? I’ve heard some say – and I’m one of them – that neither candidate should become our next POTUS. I try to be open but both turn me off for some of the same and yet some different reasons too.

Where is our heart? Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. It is Jesus speaking to His disciples and encouraging them to have faith. Luke 12:22–34 – 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Where is our heart? Do we worry about what comes next? Are our hearts set on earthly things or things above? Do we place our whole trust in Jesus or do we rely on ourselves? Do we bicker and complain or do we try to find the good in everyone and every situation? Are we a cup half empty or a cup half full type of person?

John Wesley was quoted as saying – Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

Does our heart strive to encourage or discourage? Does our heart try to tear down or build up? Are we looking for ways to help or hurt? Where is our heart? Something worth thinking about for sure as the journey continues. Psalm 139:23 – Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 28, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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