Monday, January 14, 2013

Multitude Monday: There Your Heart Will Be

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on this verse:

4. A good reason why we should thus choose, and an evidence that we have done so (Matt. 6:21), Where your treasure is, on earth or in heaven, there will you heart be. We are therefore concerned to be right and wise in the choice of our treasure, because the temper of our minds, and consequently the tenor of our lives, will be accordingly either carnal or spiritual, earthly or heavenly. The heart follows the treasure, as the needle follows the load stone, or the sunflower the sun. Where the treasure is there the value and esteem are, there the love and affection are (Col. 3:2), that way the desires and pursuits go, thitherward the aims and intents are leveled, and all is done with that in view. Where the treasure is, there our cares and fears are, lest we come short of it; about that we are most solicitous; there our hope and trust are (Prov. 18:1011); there our joys and delights will be (Ps. 119:111); and there our thoughts will be, there the inward thought will be, the first thought, the free thought, the fixed thought, the frequent, the familiar thought. The heart is God’s due (Prov. 23:26), and that he may have it, our treasure must be laid up with him, and then our souls will be lifted up to him. 

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As we start a new week, it behooves us to consider what our treasure is right now. What is on our agenda? What are the concerns of our hearts and our minds? How we spend our time points to what we value and esteem. What we think about also gives hint of our treasure. Our innermost desires tell much. Where is our hope and trust? Where does our delight and joy come from?

Let's take a moment and pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessing of a new week. Thank you for your presence in our lives. Help us to make you our treasure each day. Help us to make time for you, for the more time we spend with you, the more you become our treasure and our hope and our joy. Redirect our hearts and our vision. Take away our self-focus and transform it into a God-focus. May we look at the material things around us as mere tools to meet our basic needs. May we not be concerned beyond our basic needs. May we place our future and its needs into your hands, so we can be generous. May our pursuits and goals not be about things, but about souls and hearts. And all for your glory, Father, not our own.

In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Giving Thanks today:

Thank you, Father, for....

~ My eleven-year-old Peter's heart for you.

~ My Peter's love of working in the church nursery with me. Thank you for his joy in your children.

~ Thank you for medicine that has recently changed his life for the better concerning his ADHD. His physical and emotional state in this fallen, sin-cursed world are better because of the treatment you have allowed. Thank you, Father.

~ Thank you for a wee one who still fits in my arms.

~ Thank you that as many my age face an empty nest, I face years more of their giggles, their messes, their hugs, their noise. Thank you for the opportunity to mold their hearts for you. Help me to make the most of every minute with them, Father.  

~ Thank you for my husband's arms and his understanding and grace.

~ Thank you for sending two neighborhood children to our Bible Study and thank you for the privilege of seeing Lexie grow close to you. May she make you her treasure always!

~ Thank you for a big son who hugs me and tells me he loves me.

~ Thank you for my Mary's friendship with her sister, and for my Paul's with his brother, and for all of them enjoying each other.

~ Thank you for your Holy Word. I love its power, truth, joy.

~ Thank you for our Compassion children and for the privilege of speaking you into their lives. Thank you for Divya's enormous heart for you. Protect each of them with your angels, not allowing the danger of their circumstances to harm their hearts or homes.

~ Thank you for Compassion International running one of the most successful child-rescue missions on earth, and all in Jesus' name! May sponsorship grow many fold this year, bringing Love, Hope, Peace, Christ, nutrition, safety, health care and counseling to those who feel forsaken and hopeless.

~ Thank you for prayer warriors and friends in Christ.

What are you thankful for today?

Prayer Request: I asked for prayer for my friend's 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea, a couple months ago. She has ADHD with severe depression. Now she is purging her food and losing weight. It's all so worrisome. If each person reading just prays for her once, it would help a great deal. Depression and purging are such serious warning signs. Please pray? And also that her relationship with her mother improves? Thank you!

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