For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
There is a quote by Ann Voskamp that was posted on our Instagram: “Live every day like you are terminal because you are. Live everyday like your soul is eternal because it is.” I thought about this quote as I was reading this weeks passage. It’s an amazing reminder for all of us as we step into the craziest, busiest time of year.
The verse of the week paints the overall picture of the six verses in Matthew today: How we spend our time and money ultimately dictates the state of our heart. We live in a world of a “work more spend more” mentality. It is a never ending cycle that drives our hearts to fall into the unfulfilling bliss filled with unfulfilling things. If we serve anything above God- our jobs, our possessions, or any earthly thing (even loved ones), then it will distort our vision and darken our hearts. Ultimately, we cannot serve the Lord whole-heartedly and also something else. Logically, it doesn’t work.
Jesus also speaks on our eyes being the windows for our bodies. Whether its distorted or clear, we will live our lives in light of our perspective. In other words, when we view our lives as temporary and our souls as eternal, we are able to give more, love more, forgive more, and find rest. (2 Corinthians 9:7) On the contrary, if we view our lives as, “get rich or die trying”, we hoard all of the earthly blessings as if they will follow us to the other side (1 Timothy 9:9-10). Our hearts grow greedy and dark because we see the temporary as the all end all.
When I was listening to Ben Courson the other day, his dad used to tell him something when he was growing up. Jon would say, “Enjoy your walk with the Lord.”
If we think about that for a second, it can be pretty powerful. How often do we stop to enjoy our walk with the Creator of this world? Do we mediate on His unfailing promises and love? Do we rejoice in His deep grace and loving mercy? I can miss the subtle and beautiful signs of God because I am wrapped up in the stressfulness of my job or the discontentment in my stage of life.
These verses might not feel applicable to you. You might give monthly to your church and donate much of your time, but you struggle in other ways like, comparison or discontentment. Discontentment, if not treated, will lead to much unnecessary anxiety and strife in our lives. It, too, distorts our vision. Being the youngest of four girls, it is hard to not want what my sisters have or long for the next stage of my life to begin. You always feel just one step behind. But, the Lord has convicted me lately of this sin. I have missed out on blessings because my eyes are looking through a distorted, dirty window. My heart becomes troubled and my mind wanders far too much. I am not enjoying my walk with the Lord.
So often we rush through seasons of life without taking the time to truly lay up our treasures in Heaven. Studies show that in order for blessings or good news to stick to our brain, we need to meditate on it for 15 seconds. I want to challenge all of us to be on the lookout for the Lord’s blessings because I know you will find them. And once you do, take 15 seconds to let it stick. Then, take one step further and praise the Lord for Who He is.