What Do You Value?
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJV)
This morning, I ask the question, “What do you value?” But, I could better ask, “Where do you place your value?” We all “value” certain things within our lives and “what” and “who” we value often rule our steps and guide our actions.
Jesus was certainly no stranger to understanding a person’s value system. He stated, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Why did he say this? Because Jesus knew (and still knows!) that “treasure” is something that each of us value in life; some more than others. But, notice he didn’t just state that we value treasures, he said that our “hearts” will be where our treasures lie.
So, ask yourself this question, “Where do your treasures lie?” “What or who do you really value?” It’s two very important questions because your answers will reveal where your heart lies….And, out of the heart proceeds ALL issues of life; both good and bad!
To me, there is a significant difference between placing “importance” on something and possessing “value” towards something. Example…It may be important that I make my doctor’s appointment on time, but if I don’t it won’t necessarily bring me a lot of concern or distress. I’ll simply reschedule the appointment or wait a little longer in the waiting room. But, if I misplace my wedding ring, I won’t stop searching the house or my every step until it is found…See the difference? One is important; but the other reflects value.
People most often associate “value” with possessions of wealth; materialistic items of worth, or those things we sentimentally value. But, Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:21 that our “heart” dwells where our treasures lie. And, he goes on to warn us that allowing our hearts to dwell on earthly materialistic things is not wise; as all earthly things will one day perish…And, we all know that we certainly cannot take them to heaven with us.
I believe Jesus was actually instructing his disciples to “value” relationships that can last not only a life-time here on earth, but in Heaven as well. He was also instructing his disciples, and us as well, to put our “value” (our “heart”) on heavenly issues more than on earthly, materialistic issues. When we do this, our “hearts” will be in the right place and the decisions and choices we make in life will reflect it. Truthfully, I believe people know where our hearts reside by the lives we choose to live and the choices that we make.
I was thinking about those who, for one reason or another, choose to live lives of prostitution and/or drugs. I feel that somewhere down the road, they never placed “value” upon their own life; whether it was the fault of someone they once trusted or a continued series of wrong choices. Either way, personal “value” was loss and their lives became imprisoned to the place where their heart dwells. So sad. From out of the heart are the issues of life.
Today, you may be struggling with either being “valued” or where you place your values. Jesus has the answer…Place your “value” on things above and not on earthly things below where moth and rust abide and thieves break in. (Matthew 6). Jesus plainly teaches that He came to give life and give life MORE abundantly. We cannot know the abundant life until our treasure and heart resides in Jesus!
When you place your “value” on things above, you will find it starts with placing value on “relationships.” The first being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior. Then, you will better know how to place value on earthly relationships such as family, close friends, peers, and neighbors as well. Oh, to have our hearts dwell in the right places! With our “values” being placed upon Heavenly treasures, we will reflect God’s love in everything we do…”For where your treasures lie (what you place value upon), so is your heart.”
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author