The most precious things in life really are free. They don't cost us money, but they cost us a lot in other areas. What we treasure and hold close is the thing that we love the most. That thing tells us much about what we believe about God. Take a look at what Jesus said:
Matthew 6:19-23 NLT
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 "Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
That is eye-opening truth for sure. What are the things that we cannot live without, the things we worry about losing and the things that we will do almost anything, like fight, for? If the answer to those is anything that won't last when we get to heaven, there might be a problem. If our answer is not connected to our relationship with God or another human, we definitely have a problem.
Are our interests or our love divided?
Matthew 6:24 NLT
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Notice that we cannot serve two things. It could be God and money. It could be God and some material possession. It could even be several different relationships.
All of the Scripture that I am using today came out of my time with the Lord this morning where I ended up in Matthew 6. Incredible verses that tell us a lot about our hearts and about the things that hold our attention and love. My prayer is that I will want God and love God more than anything else. I pray that I will seek God and lead others to seek God above everything else. Is that your prayer?
Matthew 6:33 NASB
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Am I seeking God? If I am, then the blessings are about to be more than I can handle.
NOTE: this post was originally shared in February of 2011 and remains true now.