I met my wife in Italy 32 years ago. She was there on a missions trip and in the 3 weeks we were together, we quickly developed a desire to be together forever…it was love at first sight. The reality of her going back home to Canada was emotionally devastating to both of us. We wanted to be together more than anything; after a 2 year long distance relationship where we saw each other a total of 2x in 2 years and spending a lot of money on long distance phone calls (30 years ago there were no long distance plans), we found a way to be together. The rest is history.
When we were apart, our hearts ached because of the distance. We wanted to be together with every fiber of our being; she was my treasure and who I wished to be with more than anyone else.
In the Sermon on the Mount part 2, Jesus shared clear principles about what should be our priority in this life. He said: “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 – Amplified Version)
Interestingly, in the original language, the word treasure (Θησαυρούς for language nerds like me) is a store-house, a place where you keep precious items. Jesus’ message to his hearers and to us was this, that our desires, our treasure, our very passion in fact, is defined by what is in our hearts.
When you’re passionate about your girlfriend, driving every day to go see her is not a chore. Heck, walking in the rain is romantic and staying up late face-timing or Skyping and being tired the next day is just worth it. You’ll do anything to be with her, you’ll spend a fortune and perhaps travel across the ocean to be together.
I have noticed in my own life lately that my relationship with God is cyclical in the sense that there are life cycles I worship, pray more and focus on my relationship more than other times. Perhaps you discovered the same for you.
Is that because my love for God is less? I don’t think so. I believe other “things” occupy our hearts and honestly, God gets lost in the crowd of voices and other priorities we assign the title of treasures. Dissatisfied with your job or looking for a job? House hunting and buying a house? Having a disagreement with someone special in your life? Unfulfilled desires or expectations? Maybe you are looking for a mate, wanting to make more money or perhaps even the burden of problems in our world is weighing you down?
What’s that treasure? What is your passion and desire? Just fill in the blank, “My thoughts and desires are centered on __________.” That my friend is your treasure!
While voices and issues clamor for the dedication of our hearts and souls, I hope these tips will help us refocus our attention on whom and what matters most.
1. Find A Few Minutes To Think About God
Because we have to start somewhere, let’s be practical and not look for hours to be on our knees. Find a break in your day and simply think about who God is in your life, what life without Him would be. Regain perspective.
2. Find A Few Minutes To Worship God
Put on some worship music in the car on your way to work or in the house while doing your chores; find time to sing and worship God. To worship is the expression of reverence and adoration and every time we utter the name of Jesus, is not wasted time.
3. Find A Few Minutes To Thank God
Everything we have, down to the very air we breath, we owe it to God. Thank Him for all our blessings! It’s as simple as thanking Him for the roof over our heads, the food on our table, family, jobs, etc. The things we often take for granted are on other people’s wish list. Let’s thank the Lord for all His blessings.
4. Find A Few Minutes To Reprioritize
Sometimes we just need to stop the routine and adjust our priorities. The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a rat race in my life and stopping for a few moments to think of what truly matters in my life, what/who my treasures are, helps me put things in their proper order. If you too are a little frazzled, stop, take a few moments to ponder and reset your priorities. Focus on who and what really matters in your life and then take actions to change your priorities where you need to.
Who or what is in your heart? What priorities do you need to demote so you can focus on the right people and things?
I think David had the right idea when he prayed this and I am making it my prayer today, hope you do too.
God, examine me and know my mind.
Test me and know all my worries.
Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.
Lead me on the path that has always been right.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.