“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When the Bible speaks of the “heart” it refers to the center of our being. The word “occurs over one thousand times in the Bible, making it the most common anthropological term in the Scripture. It denotes a person’s center for both physical and emotional-intellectual-moral [and spiritual] activities.”
This week’s verse tells us that whatever we treasure in our life will be the controller of our life. Whatever is most precious will consume us. What do you treasure the most? Be honest. It could be money, power, fame, or anything else. Think about it another way. What is the directing force in your life? What are you pursuing? What motivates you to get up everyday and do the things you do? What is the goal of your life?
While it is advisable and admirable to work diligently in your sphere of influence because, as we learned last week, we are working for the Lord and not for people, our chief aim in life must not simply be the pursuit of riches and fame. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mt.22:37)
In other places Jesus talks about our heart’s treasure chest.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt.6:19-21)
“For the mouth speaks out of that which fills [is treasured in] the heart.” (Mt. 12:34b)
As you memorize this verse think about what you are truly treasuring in your heart.