If the doctor wants to know the condition of your heart, he may measure your pulse rate, take your blood pressure, listen with a stethoscope, or run an EKG.
If necessary, he might even do a heart catheterization to see if there are any blockages, to measure blood flow, or to identify problems with the heart valves.
The point is that there are tests we can run to reveal the overall health of our heart.
In a similar way, Jesus gives us a test that is a sure indicator of the spiritual condition of our heart.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, ESV).
In other words, there’s a revealing and inviolable connection between our treasure and our heart.
So, according to Jesus, if you tell me what you do with your money, how you invest your time, and what your most important relationships are, I can tell you the real spiritual condition of your heart.
Truth be told, our hearts can be quite deceitful (cf. Jeremiah 17:9). We sometimes mislead others and delude ourselves about who we really are spiritually.
But our treasures tell the truth. They always reveal what our heart values. So, what do your treasures reveal about your heart?
- Do your treasures say that you value spiritual and eternal things, not justly earthly and material things?
- Do your treasures indicate a heart committed to Jesus, the gospel, and his body, the church?
As 2019 comes to a close and the New Year opens before us, let’s ask the Lord to transform our hearts completely and let’s renew our commitment to honoring him with our treasures.
I’m praying the Father’s favor and richest blessings for you and yours in the New Year. It’s a great joy to be on this journey with you, and remember . . . the best is yet to come!
Your Pastor and Friend,