For where your treasure is there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bring forth good things, and the evil man out of the evil treasure bring forth evil things. (Matthew 12:35)
Did you know that in Matthew 6:21 that when the Bible says "treasure" it's not just talking about money, in fact His focus wasn't money at all? Go reread Matthew 6:1-18 and you will see He was talking about YOUR FRUIT, YOUR ACTIONS, YOUR DEEDS.
Your deeds produce treasure, whether it be good treasure or evil treasure (Matt. 12:35). Jesus was saying, through your deeds store up good treasure, which will be deposited in heaven, and if you do that, your heart will be focused on.... HEAVEN., because where your treasure is (heavenly treasure) there your heart will be also. Oh how I want my heart to be focused on the things of heaven.
Matthew 6 has been convicting me to my core lately and I have been seeking, asking, and diving into it to seek the Holy Spirit's guidance. This morning He said to me this morning, "Jessika, your treasure is not just your money, it's every piece of you".
Jesus wants all of you. Every deed, every thought, every action, did you know He wants every cent too? Oh sure the tithe is only 10%, but that 10% is just to show Him that He can have all 100%. He doesn't just want your time during a church service, He wants 100%. Did you know He wants to see if you'll love the stranger the way you love your family? Will I love the widow the way I love my kids I mentor? Will I give of my time, money, resources, to the poor as I would give to my own spouse or kids? Oh Matthew 6 how you are piercing to my core my fantasy or own imagination of true love.
There is a line to a song that I have grown to cry out in prayer. A man says "If you're still measuring out your offerings, then you haven't seen His worth yet"
If I still hesitate to give LIBERALLY without hesitation then I haven't seen HIS WORTH. If i'm still holding with a firm grip onto my time, my money, my resources, my love, then I haven't seen His Worth.
If i'm still measuring out my offering then I am not in love with Him as much as I thought.
Remember the woman with the alabaster jar poured it all out? The disciples were told to leave everything behind, even to let their family members be buried by someone else. The rich young ruler was told to sell it all. Do you see the theme? Everything is what's enough, anything less, means we haven't seen HIS WORTH.
"The King will reply, what you have done for the least of these, you have done unto Me" (Matthew 25:40)
The time of cheap offerings are coming to a close for me and I believe for the body of Christ. Our great King is crying out for radical obedience that doesn't just show love to the lovely, to the ones close, but to the LEAST OF THESE. We will no longer wait for them to come to us, but will go to them. A time where I'm willing to give as much to a stranger as I am to a family member without distinction.
It's time for us to be obedient to the scripture we've read 1,000 times. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but He lives in me. (Gal. 2:20)
You can have it all Jesus, every part of me, everything I am and everything I have, because I have seen your worth and I want you to know that you're worth it to me. I'll give it all, for You.
Be Blessed, J. Tate