Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 11th

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“For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34

If your treasure is in heaven, then it can’t be stolen. God will provide for us the things that we need if we have faith in Him and put the interests of God first.

What are the things that we value most? I think most of us would like to say God and the gospel are the most important, it might be closer to the truth if we said that an individual person, or our job, or our car, or the internet, or our hobbies, or flushing toilets, or toys, or music-whatever it is that is closest to our hearts, it very often isn’t God.

I think this is why God suggests giving things up and trading them in, and letting go of worldly possessions-not because we don’t need them sometimes, but because that shouldn’t be where our focus is. I read this example and thought it was really good: If our treasure is a car, then all Satan has to do to get us to distract us for a moment so that it gets in a wreck. If our true treasure is with God, even when the car gets totaled, we can be okay and happy, and focused on moving forward.

Prioritizing God works along with serving and taking care of others. When there is a conflict though, that is when we have to examine our priorities. Things don’t have to get in the way of our relationship with God.  If we put our trust in earthly things, then that can mess up our peace, because anything that is not eternal is eventually going to be lost.

Let’s examine our priorities and our hearts, being honest with ourselves and with God about what is important to us in our lives, and what we are putting first. Make sure your real treasure is with God, and where it can’t be lost or taken. Life will always be better if we get that one priority right, for as God explains in verse 31, if we do, then all the other things that we need “shall be added unto you”.  S. Benner

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Don’t sell your soul to money or things. Instead, put your life and your abilities into Christ’s hands and ask Him to use you for His glory. The greatest wealth we can ever have is a heart filled with Christ.   Billy Graham

 

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