Scripture | Luke 12:34
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.”
The heart Jesus was referring to in Luke 12:34 encompasses our thoughts, feelings, and passions. It consists of our mind, will, and emotions. When our heart has been captivated, it drives us to make decisions that indicate we have an intense passion and commitment to someone or something. It was a passion for equality and justice that prompted Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead the Civil Rights Movement, and as a result, he made significant sacrifices while pursuing his passion. He spent countless hours away from his family as he consumed himself with the Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore, when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he gave the prize money, an amount in excess of $54,000, to the Civil Rights Movement. Why? Because that’s where his heart was! What is that special something or someone that has captivated your heart so much that you willingly sacrifice time, energy, and finances? In other words, where is your heart? Before you answer, take a look at your bank statement and your calendar. How we spend our time and money are usually very good indicators of where our hearts are. Reread Luke 12:34. Is your treasure with Christ and His kingdom or is it with someone or something else? Do a HEART check to help you answer the question.
H: Humility – Do I have an humble attitude toward God? Do I recognize that all I have belongs to Him, and He reserves the right to instruct me on how to use what He blesses me with? (I Corinthians 10:26 & Proverbs 11:2)
E: Eternity – Do I live in light of eternity? Am I only storing up treasures on earth, or am I also storing up treasure in heaven by being generous toward God and others? (Matthew 6:19-20)
A: Ask – Have I asked God to help me to pursue Him with passion? (Psalm 42:1)
R: Renew – Has my mind been renewed by the Word of God, or do I adhere to the world’s view about money? (Romans 12:1-2)
T: Trust – Do I trust God with my life, including my finances? (Proverbs 3:5-7)
Lord, please captivate our hearts. We want to be generous toward You and others, not just with our money but also with our time. You have been so generous toward us. You gave us Your best, Your Only Begotten Son! Help us want to give You our best. May You never say of us what Jesus said of the Pharisees, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Instead, we hope to hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Draw us close to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!