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09 January 2011

Defining Value pt.2

2:07 PM Posted by steve flores , No comments
When reading scripture, it’s always good to identify the theme of the passage (read the previous and following chapter).  Discover if the passage you’re reading is part of a bigger story: Is the passage a continuation of a longer story, from another chapter, or does it stand alone?  In the case of Matthew 6:19-21, it is part of a longer story. It is part of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. His words, in His first sermon after the forty day fast and being tempted by the devil, were about shifting our normal way of thinking.  He was reshaping, refocusing, and communicating a different set of principles – a Kingdom-minded way of thinking.

So, when I read, “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.”  I’ve got a question: Jesus, what’s the principle?  I believe He shares that principle in verse 21,

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What does heart mean?  I wanted to look this up, because I believe this line is the crux of the whole story.  When “heart” is used like this in the Bible, it is referred to as the center of our being – character, attitude, or disposition. 

My heart is what guides my affection; what captures me.  I’ve heard it often used in love songs, “he has my heart,”  “never lose heart,” or “she has won my heart”. My heart connects me and draws me.  So what does this all mean?  Could it be that this all has to do with my heart? My affection? My disposition?  What captures me? Could this whole passage be a new way to get me to think about heart/affection alignment?  Is He Who I consider valuable or am I placing value on worthless, here today gone tomorrow stuff?