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No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:19-24
Many of us have a distorted view on what we find important. Start by taking a few moments and simply thinking about what you find important in your life. Examples may include family, money, religion, friends, work, school, etc.
Keep those in mind. Now this next part will take some more time. Gather your bank statements or checkbook, look at your DVR, the books on your bookshelf, your Facebook page, twitter feed and bills. Notice any trends? Whether we like it or not, the way we spend our time and money is what we find important. Trust me, I am guilty of the disconnect between what I think is important and what my money and time says is important. It is a hard pill to swallow seeing the physical evidence reflect different priorities than we think we have.
A.W. Tozer poses some blunt questions that can really get to the core of what we find important. While you read these, be honest with yourself:
1. What do you value most?
2. What would you most hate to lose?
3. What do your thoughts turn to most frequently when your are free to think of what you will?
4. What affords you the greatest pleasure?
If we are truly honest with ourselves, the answers to these questions may not be what we want them to be. After reviewing where our time and money goes we may think, is shopping really that important to me? How much will that football game matter a year from now?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. It is simple, but true. What is most important to us is where the majority of our time and resources are placed. There are many easy analogies to support this. If you played a hand of poker and the bet was $1, we wouldn’t get very worked up, but what if we called a bet that was $10,000? We would be very nervous wouldn’t we? The outcome of that hand would most likely effect our mood for the rest of the day, or even longer! Where our treasure is, or was, there our heart is also.
So where are we spending our treasure? Where is our heart? What would we miss most? What could we not live without? These questions seem extreme, but we make daily choices that determine where we place our treasure and our heart.
To align where we want our treasure and hearts, we need to work backwards. Remember what we thought about at the beginning of this post? If we want our hearts to align with our treasure, start putting your treasure towards those things. If we want family to be important, spend money and time getting to them, spending time with them, and putting treasures towards them. If church is important, make larger donations towards church, where we will be immediately more involved if more of our resources go there. By simply placing our treasures towards those areas we want to our hearts to be, our heart will follow.
We cannot serve two masters, which ONE will you serve?
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