Today’s post is from a very good friend of mine – Vince Shirey. Vince is the host of Shireylife on YouTube (Shirey Life YouTube ). He is also an active member of my church (Impact City Church). Vince has a passion for personal finance and always brings a powerful perspective. Check out his post and don’t forget to follow him on social media:
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What are you Pursuing?
Often times we use language comparing our heart’s desires to our house. Imagine if someone came over to visit and they wanted to hang out in the master bedroom or bathroom? We are ok with hanging out in the living room or even the kitchen, but we aren’t ready for you to see what’s in the bedroom. That’s our private place! That part of the house is closed and you can’t come in that far! I am not ready for you to see what is in there…
But Jesus, on the Sermon on the Mount is going there. He constantly goes there and do you know who’s he’s going there with? Religious people. He’s pushing the envelope. He’s raising the stakes. And he’s going past the living room and He’s trying to go a little bit deeper.
Religious leaders would say, “that’s enough Jesus, you’ve gone too far, stop what you’re doing.” Or they would ask questions like, how far is too far? How many times should I forgive? How many times until I should hit back? How far is too far? Jesus response would always be, “until you’ve gone all the way, until I have all of you.”
So this isn’t a post about tithing and being generous, but about who or what has your heart.
Matthew 6:19-21 Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars. STOCKPILE treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, AND END UP BEING.
There’s this thought that we pursue what we love. You pursue what you love. I’m going to enlighten you. Are you ready? We are all in pursuit of something! No matter what, even if you are unhappy in life, you’re in pursuit of something. WE ARE ALL IN PURSUIT OF SOMETHING. Whether it’s something worthy to be praised or not, we’re all in pursuit of something.
Maybe it’s the body you want, you want that cross-fit chiseled body. Maybe you’re in pursuit of a promotion, or a record deal, maybe you want a better apartment or a better spouse J or you want a spouse. Maybe you’re in pursuit of acceptance. We’re all in pursuit of something.
We are pursuing the things we believe will make us happy. We are pursuing the things we believe will make us complete. We are pursuing the things we think will bring us security.
Jesus unmasking the false narrative of the day. He is unmasking it, deconstructing it, and he is telling the people of God “you can’t find complete security in self and the accumulation of wealth and possessions…” You are looking for completeness. You’re looking to find yourself in the things you’re able to acquire with your hands. He’s telling you, this is the wrong metric.
It’s a hard lesson for us today.
It’s a hard teaching because in America we are taught to “get money!” We talk about our new ride, our new home, our new shoes, and our newest iPhone, whatever it is! You might go into a coffee shop and measure people up by their laptop. We’re judging them by the technology they use. “Oh you got the old addition, I got the new addition!”
Our society treasures money, things, and status
And this is true even of church people. Of course I’m not talking about anyone reading this blog, I’m talking about other people from different cities and different states. J
People’s choices and actions are shaped by the things they cherish most.
So what do you cherish?
Jesus is talking about your treasure (something valuable that we kept safe). Treasure is something that we deem valuable. It’s worth something to you. We guard it, we protect and we pursue more of it.
Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars. Do not make the pursuit of earthly treasure your life aim. WHY? Why Jesus? What’s wrong with wanting to have nice things Jesus? It’s not as safe as you think it is, in light of eternity. It’s not as valuable as you think it is, in light of eternity. It depreciates.
Treasure lasting is part of the key to its value. Jesus is saying, the treasure that you’re trying to acquire isn’t really treasure. It’s going to disappear and depreciate in value.
THERE IS SOMETHING WORTH TREASURING THAT CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY OR DEPRECIATE.
There is something that God is offering you that cannot be stolen, rotted, or taken away from you.
STOCKPILE treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.
Make the riches of God the pursuit of your life. Make the riches of His kingdom the pursuit of your life.
Since we’re all in pursuit of something. Pursue things that will stand the test of time. Pursue things that will not be corrupted, lost, stolen, or go bankrupt.
Who’s value system are you ascribing the worth of the things you are pursuing?
If we could get a glimpse of the riches of the kingdom of heaven we would change the course that we’re charted on and head in a different direction. That’s the whole goal of repentance.
We pursue what we love. We love what we place our highest value in and we can’t separate the two.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? You treasure is in the place you will most want to be, AND END UP BEING.
What you treasure, what you value, that is where your heart will be.
I’m talking solely to church people now… As the people of God your actions MUST match your declarations. Because your actions are your declarations. What you do says everything about what you believe about God! Where you spend your money and what you believe about how money should be used says everything about what you believe about God.
Your actions tell you what your hearts really desire. Our actions tell us who’s really in control. Our actions tell us who’s really on the throne of our hearts. Our actions tell us who we’re really serving.
Some of us, including myself, can think, “I’ve got good church attendance. Good giving records compared to most. I’m giving to noble causes. Man, I’m doing pretty good!” I’m tithing my mint, my cumin, and my herbs and missing the point.
Jesus saw a poor widow throw in two small coins and he said truly I tell you this poor widow has put in more than all of them. What’s Jesus saying? It’s not about the two coins or 20 coins.
STOP counting and asking how far.
Those two coins were all she had. And we’re always asking how much and how far is the standard.
JESUS SAID THE STANDARD IS ALWAYS – ALL. YOUR ALL.
So the question is, does God have your heart? DOES HE HAVE ALL OF YOUR HEART?
Does He have the part of your heart that cares about money? Does he have the part of your heart that cares about your career or social standing or your processions?
And not surface level heart, but the deepest parts of our devotion and affection. Does He have it?
So, what do you treasure (not the church answer)? Seriously, what do you really treasure? If we followed you around for a week what would we see? How you spend your time, money. What do you think about? What do you dream about?
What is really your treasure? What are you really pursing? Where is your heart, really?
The closer we get to Jesus, the more he reveals the secrets of our heart. The more he exposes the things that we’ve been trying to hide from him?
Jesus can free you from the grip of money and possessions. He can free you from a whacked out worldview of how we should approach money and finances and processions.
The love of money is seductive. And we think it will never affect me. It’s subtle.
But it’s a fight. Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.
Live by being radically generous. How much is enough? All of it.
What are you pursuing?
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