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There Will Your Heart Be Also

July 31, 2018

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There Will Your Heart Be Also

This world is so full  of good things  and seemingly good things.     We see and desire good foods,  nice clothing,  fabulous properties,  impressive vehicles,  educational degrees,  success in our profession,  health,  wealth,  and beauty.     These can be fine things to have  and some people  will put all their energy,  time,  and resources  into obtaining them.

As enjoyable  as all these things are,  God wants us  to see the truth  about them all.     Showing that they are all temporary,  in Luke 12:30-34,  Jesus teaches us,

For all these things  the nations of the world  eagerly seek;  but your Father knows  that you need these things.    But seek  for His kingdom,  and these things  shall be added  to you.     Do not be afraid,  little flock,  for your Father has chosen gladly  to give you the kingdom.     Sell your possessions  and give to charity;  make yourselves purses   which do not wear outan unfailing treasure  in heavenwhere no thief comes nearnor moth destroys.

For where your treasure is,  there will your heart be also.

Because all these “good things”  of the world  are temporary,  we should not dare  to hold them  as being so precious  that we would  not  be willing  to give them up  for the Lord’s sake.

We need  to take stock  of what we hold most dear  in this world.     Is it something  we can take with us  to heaven?

What can we take  to heaven?     Nothing,  except our faith  in Jesus,  hope,  and love.     Do we possess faith  in Jesus — hope  in all His promises for us — and the love  of God?     If we honestly do “seek  for His kingdom”,  God will surely  let us have it.     Because God has promised  to gladly give us a home  in heaven,  we don’t have  to be afraid  about not having some  of the temporary things  that the world holds dear.     We are headed  for much better things.     We are headed  for lasting things — things eternal.

That’s why we have to be willing  to make the all-important,  big trade.     We need  to be willing  to trade all this worldly stuff  that gets old,  rots  and deceives us  for an eternal home  with everlasting treasures — things that will never,  ever rot,  or deceive,  or abandon us.     Because of God’s truthfulness  and love,  we can gladly give up the things  that can keep us out  of heaven.

If our heart  treasures egocentric  things,  that can only temporarily satisfy  our worldly desires,  then all of those things  have become our god.     There won’t be any room  in our heart  to love the Lord God Almighty.     We cannot love God  and the world  at the same time  because they are so opposite  of each other.

God will provide  for all that we really need  in this life,  and the rest  of what we might desire needs  to rest  in the wisdom  of our heavenly Father,  who truly knows  our real needs.     God alone  knows how  to lead us  through this dark world  to our heavenly home.     We can trust Him  to do everything  that is best for us  in the long run — even if we think  we are hurting  in some way  or another.

Our first priority needs to be  to “seek for His kingdom”.     When we do that,  we are looking  for the best of the best.     When salvation  through Jesus Christ  becomes our highest treasure,  our hearts  will be with Him.     When our hearts are  with the Lord,  heaven is our home  with all  of its eternal glories and riches.     We couldn’t ask  for more.

Holding onto the promises  of God  is so much better  than trying  to hold onto something  that will keep us out  of heaven — robbing us  of eternal life.     Which shall we choose?     Which is eternally  the most sensible  to choose?

Trusting in God  to take care  of our earthly needs,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba,  Father,  it is so good  to be Your dear child.     Thank you  for loving me  so dearly  that You care  for my every need  according to Your wisdom.”

Love,
Margaret

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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
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