God has always been about securing a relationship between man and Himself that springs from the heart. This is what God wanted with Israel. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26). Possessions or ritual was not what God wanted.
Sadly, “the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13), Israel missed the best of what He had for them. God reminded Samuel when he was making the most important decision for Israel; “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). The heart matters!
There are countless examples in Jesus’ ministry and teaching where He pointed to the secret part of mankind, the heart. It is the place where the issues of life and our relationship with God are worked out. Solomon said, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). We rarely take enough time to examine our hearts and carefully evaluate what our hearts value most. There may be things we treasure that need to be discarded.
Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). What do you treasure?
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