The Treasures in Your Heart

maryTalk to me over dinner and I’ll tell you about the work of ministry which is my passion, my adult children that I love.  Pictures of my grandchildren will appear on my phone in the course of the evening.  And,  the Lord Jesus will be there in the words, too.  I’ll most likely talk about grief a bit, even though I try to keep that to myself. However, since I shared 41 years with her, we probably will end up talking about my late wife at some point.  Engage in a conversation with a person and, as they lower their guard, you will discover what they love, what they believe, who they are.

Jesus said “out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” What is stored away in your heart? What kind of memories have you cataloged and organized that shape who you are and what you say today?  James reminds us that fresh water does not flow from a salt spring!  That is one reason to choose wisely what you decide to keep, what kind of information you accumulate, where you feed your mind. The songs on your playlist are forming your thoughts.  The TV shows that you watch in the evening are more than entertainment. The books you read are more than words on a page. All of that ‘input’ gets stored away and begins to purify or pollute the well that is our heart.

One of the blessings of coming to know Christ is the promise of a transformed life that flows out of a new heart.  When we receive Him as Savior, when we take our failures, our faults, our sins to Him with confession, He forgives and makes us clean and new! The Word says Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, The Message)  A dark heart, full of hate, bitterness, lust, and pride is flooded with light when Christ enters and change begins.

Yes, there is a process that continues. Old habits and patterns don’t just evaporate in a moment. However, as we continue in the Christian life, the treasure store is emptied of the trinkets and filled up with eternal riches. The Word encourages us to “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:3 NLT)  How does that change occur?  It is a cooperative effort. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit Who comes to live in us.  And, there is our part – the daily practice of the spiritual disciplines; meditation, prayer, Scripture intake, worship, service, confession, that allow Him to replace our trinkets with treasures.

Take this line from Mary’s experience as the word from the Word today.  As she lived through the amazing night of Jesus’ birth and heard the words of shepherds about angelic announcements she made an important choice that would become a foundation for her life as the mother of the Messiah. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19, NIV)

Create a heart full of the treasures of heaven’s wisdom!
Take time to ponder what God is saying!
Live well!

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Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hark, the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies.
With th’angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark, the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”

 Come, Desire of nations, come;
Fix in us Thy humble home.
Rise the woman’s conqu’ring seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place.
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Hark, the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Charles Wesley © Words: Public Domain

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