“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What would it be like to live life like that? Honestly, I hope I never find out. Would it be nice not to have to live paycheck to paycheck? Yes, it would. Not to have to worry about paying bills? Oh yes – the heaviness that comes with being under financial strain is not one that I’ve enjoyed. But here is the thing – I would not trade my life for ALL the riches of the world because I feel that trade off would be more of a burden than one of worrying about money. Now I’m not saying it is a sin for having nice things – I don’t believe that at ALL. But Matthew 6:21 is true. And the truth of the matter is, in the end, you cannot take it with you.
I can honestly say that my heart does not lie in money. You see, everything I have my Father has provided for me. My Father owns cattle on a THOUSAND hills! I may not always have what I’ve wanted, but I have always had what I needed. My trust and faith has always been in His provision for me.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:9-13)
What a joy it is to know that I know that I know that my heart’s desire is to live for Him! My treasure, my riches, my desire, my heart – my life – is all in Him. Everything I have needed His hands have provided. My trust has not been in myself, when I see people who don’t know what it is like to personally have a relationship knowing Jesus as their Lord and Savior, my heart hurts for them because true richness is when He removes the scales from your eyes and all of a sudden you are walking in the knowledge of Who He is and what He has done for YOU. You recognize from personal experience how true God’s love is for you! You experience it for yourself, so all of a sudden you know that it is REAL.
Deep inside of you is a place that was made to be filled only with Him and if you are honest with yourself and you truly think about this, you will admit that there is a place that is restless within you, that even if you try to fill it up with people and items and hobbies they can’t quite fill this void. It is a place that God has meant to be filled only with Him and when you recognize that and you allow Him to be the center of your life – there is such joy and love and peace that fills you! The peace that the Bible talks about that passes ALL understanding, and all of a sudden you get it! You realize that the true riches are not financial, worldly, prestige – but the knowledge of WHY you were really made and Who God is and What HE thinks of you. True riches are found ONLY in Him.
Everything I need He provides for me. I recognize that the mistake is keeping my eyes on possessions and worldly items and not on the One who can give it or take it away in a moment!