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Where Do You Hide Your Heart?

by Robert J. Young
March 7, 2003
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
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"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-20)

The thought was so intriguing it stayed with me all day. The early morning on-line reading from "Heartlight" planted the question that I could not escape. "Where do you hide your heart?" Is my heart hidden? Is my heart unseen? When do I refuse to see it? When do I hide it from others? When do I try to hide it from God?

Jesus said my heart will be with my treasures. I will find my heart when I admit what I value most, what matters most. My heart is where my time is, my heart is where by checkbook is, my heart is where my thoughts are, my heart is where my focus is.

This question, "Where do you hide your heart?" is an important question. When I treasure possessions, prestige, prominence, and power, my heart is in view. Even when I refuse to see it, others can see it. We live in a world that treasures wealth, control, and physical security. We live in a world that desires belonging, meaning, significance, and hope, but does not easily find it. Jesus is reminding us that only by turning loose of the first list of treasures can we find what is truly treasure indeed.

In fact, my heart is not hidden all that securely. My priorities reveal my heart. My life reveals my heart. As you go through life today, be sure you keep your heart in view. After all, it would be a terrible thing to lose your heart.

[from January 9, 2002 Heartlight devotional online]
Majestic Father, I pray that out of the riches of your grace, you may help me find my treasure in you and nothing else. Today, I want to offer you all that I am and have, so that my life will be lived for your glory. In the name of Jesus, my example and treasure I pray. Amen.

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