This post is the product of something God started stirring in me about a year ago. It started when I preached a message about financial responsibility. I had the opportunity to share about Matthew 6:19-24. Here’s the link to a few posts about the sermon.
Anyway… I sat down to write this post about a month ago, and after about 900 words it was so cluttered I decided to start from scratch. So as a disclaimer, there is no way to completely explain every theological angle within this post. So, I trust that you will see my heart behind the next few statements as I attempt to process what God is doing in my heart.
For years I’ve been teaching Matthew 6:19-24… and every time I reference this passage it is always in the context of money. Yes, that is true… Jesus does talk about money in this passage. Yes, we have tons to learn about money from this passage.
I think there is a bigger message / picture to this passage.
Leadership… it’s a leadership issue.
No, not you being a good leader, or someone leading you. Not your boss, or you bossing people. Even BIGGER than those things.
 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay 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 will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)
Jesus spells it out pretty simply in verse 21. Our heart follows our treasure.
Treasure can be many things:
You get the point.
I missed this somewhere… or maybe my mentors have been banging their heads against the wall for years and I was oblivious…
See, my focus was on my intentions, my passions, and my heart for Jesus. And I never seemed to get any traction. I mean, my heart was good, but I always feel short. I never seemed to arrive at the destination I felt God calling me to. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve been evaluating the wrong things.
My intentions, passions, and heart can be distorted by Satan, I can be lied to by the enemy. In fact, Satan can distort my evaluations and make me feel awesome about myself.
I’ve got to take intentional steps towards a destination. Pouring my treasure into something will lead my heart. IT ALWAYS DOES. Spend money, time, resources on the wrong things… leads to the wrong destination. No matter the state of my intentions… No one ever intends on becoming an alcoholic. How we spend our treasure leads towards that destination. No one ever gets married with the intention to get divorced… Where we store our treasure is a HUGE deal. It LEADS our HEART. How I spend my time, money, influence, assets, and resources will always shape my heart.
Here are some examples that come to my mind:
- Want to spend more time in God’s word… gotta take a step with discipline, give up something you spend lots of time on.
- Want to be in physical shape… (got nothing for you…)
- Want to become more devoted to Christ… start giving stuff away… better yet, put your financial gifts on automatic payment and I guarantee you will start caring about what God is doing in your life.
- In this political season… start giving to a candidate and you will become the biggest fan of that person.
- Want to be a great parent… spend precious time with your kids. (Turn off your phone).
In other words: My HEART will always be moldable by my ACTIONS.
For this principle to be effective there is ONE requirement…
The step I take MUST be significant. It must be something that I value.
So, simply… Want to surrender to the mission of Jesus? Take a good hard look at where you put your treasure.
Surrender must be a state of our actions, not the state of intentions.
One simple action in the right direction will always be more powerful than a good intention. Just say “yes” to the right things, and lead your heart towards the right destination.
Want to surrender to Jesus… take a step, more than a metaphorical step – a REAL step, toward something that is bigger than yourself… JESUS.
I’m choosing to lead my heart towards surrender… will you join me? Where are you leading your heart?