What Do You Treasure?

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Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I treasure Jesus most of all. I feel certain you would say that too, if asked. But sometimes we treasure what we think will make us happy. I treasure things such as:

  • My kids’ safety 

  • My heart’s desires

  • My wants for the future

  • My accomplishments of the past

But what if these were taken from me? Would I still treasure Jesus the most?

Jesus is my boss and He is your boss also if you know Him as Savior. He is a great boss because He cares about our children, our desires, wants and accomplishments.

Our God cares for each of us and wants what is best for us, our life and the lives of those we love. In fact, He loves them more than we do. Granted, it may be difficult to understand how He works sometimes, but we can be sure He can be trusted with everything.

Let the words of this hymn be your prayer today.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

For where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. 

And there you go!

Loving God Freely

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Luke 10:27 says, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” These are the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her famous poem.

Would we be able to give an answer to this question about our love for God? Do we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind?

If our heart is not given over to God, we cannot love Him the way He deserves. When our soul is not at rest, we will not be able to love God either. Our strength is weakness without God’s power to love as He requires. And our mind without renewal will betray our love for God if it is not bathed in Scripture.

We are undone then, save the fact that God can and must take over our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.

As the old hymn, “I Surrender All“ says,

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

Are you freely giving Him your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

For it is only then we will be able to love God as He deserves.

Surrender today as we obey the Lord’s command to love Him as He asks - heart, soul, strength, and mind!

And there you go!

But God...

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Mark 12:30 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Seriously?! 

Isn’t that a tall order? Impossible actually, without the Holy Spirit living in us.

My emotions, my mind, my strength, my very being are to love the Lord my God.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me. My mind thinks thoughts that are, honestly, evil. My strength often fails. My person, who I am in myself, betrays me.

But God!

Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? But God. With Him in control, exchanging my strength for His, my will and my thoughts for His, and my identity wrapped completely in who He says I am, then I am able to truly love Him the way He asks. For it’s in abiding in Him, listening to Him, waiting on Him, that I exchange my strength for His. I run and do not grow weary. I walk and do not faint, and I love Him for He puts this love in my heart. It’s a wonderful trade-off. Please think on it today. And there you go!
 

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