heart.treasures

If there is any place in my life that I can certainly point towards as edging towards vice is my love of gadgets. Of all the “things” that can be “loved,” I love gadgets the most. This has been a life-long affair, and I would be too embarrassed to tell the level of priority that gadgets maintain in my financial picture.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

The passage above is in a longer section dealing with “living” well, according to God’s heart.

There are two things that impact me today as I read that.

First, I recall the impact that the Moravian missionaries had on John Wesley as he observed their holy lifestyles while aboard a ship. As he recounts the experiences, you almost get a sense that they purposefully made themselves the servants of their fellow travelers. They got them drink, brought their food, saw to their comfort, attended to any sicknesses. The thing is, the were not servants, nor were they ship staff. They simply (and profoundly) lived to serve. They looked for ways in which they could give of themselves to others. He was so struck by them, that he, a minister, found himself in a personal spiritual revolution.

Second, I am getting very skittish about a book study that I am going to do, hopefully with some brave friends. It’s intended to be a small group study, but I am doing it by myself if I have to. I am compelled in my spirit to engage the challenge that I know awaits within those pages. It’s called the “Economy of Love” and is published by The House Studio. Here is a quote from the info page about it:

What is the value of enough, and how do we become more like the God who is close to the poor, the hungry, the meek, and the merciful? Economy of Love will challenge individuals to join in community, journeying together as they begin to consider a new standard of living—a personal economic threshold oriented not around the size of a monthly paycheck, but around the value of enough.

I have a feeling that my love of gadgets is only a minuscule part of my life that will be challenged, and it honestly frightens me. But, I want to  live a life that draws people to Jesus in a way that they are challenged to be transformed by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the deepest places. I want to live a life that draws people to spiritual revolution as they find themselves “as if dead” before mighty bronze feet aflame (Revelation 1:13-16).

27 thoughts on “heart.treasures”

  1. “I want to live a life that draws people to Jesus in a way that they are challenged to be transformed by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the deepest places.”

    Amen!! Me too!

  2. “As he recounts the experiences, you almost get a sense that they purposefully made themselves the servants of their fellow travelers. They got them drink, brought their food, saw to their comfort, attended to any sicknesses. The thing is, the were not servants, nor were they ship staff. They simply (and profoundly) lived to serve.”

    This is the life that Jesus has called us to live. I remember how He took the sandals off His disciples feet and washed their feet.

    In this generation of blackberries, kindles, and iPads, this message is very needed 🙂

  3. I’m with you. I want that kind of witness too, but I know it costs everything and that is most definitely scary. The book sounds good. I’m going to have to check it out. Sounds very similar to the one we’re using for the book club next, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns. He was a CEO who turned away from it all to be a servant and missionary. Worth checking out as a companion to this.

    Thanks Herb.

    1. Thanks, Jason. I’ll definitely follow along with your book club conversation, but in terms of actually reading it, I’m afraid I’ll have to add it to me growing list of books I need to someday read 🙂

  4. I’m intrigued by the book and debating whether or not to join you. I’ve been approached to lead an Experiencing God study for my church, and that is always time intensive. When are you thinking about getting started?

    1. As soon as I can get a group together – I have a few couples already expressing “interest” at church. We’ll probably do our thing on Sunday nights since we don’t have Sunday night church.

  5. Some profound thoughts here! Going into our last book study, I too was terrified because I knew that my flesh was going to have to die. And alas, going into this next one, I have the same knowledge but surprisingly, more excitement than fear.

    I want to be a servant. I really do. But again, it requires my flesh to die. And whereas in some moments, I’m more than happy to wash feet and draw water for others, at other moments, my ugly, fleshly self rises up and says, “NO! This is inconvenient! That’s not in my job description!” I love what an old Army buddy used to tell me all of the time: “Today is a good day to die!” And to that, I would respond, “Today is a good day to die TO THE FLESH!”

  6. I come from a family who always served others. I mean not as missionaries but just as friends, neighbours, in the neighbourhood. Never hesitated always helped and served others. It was a natural habit. But when I found out that people started to hurt me and take advantage of me I slowed down on this. On Martin Kevinau’s blog there was a post a couple of weeks ago that made me think about this. And I found out I had to set boundaries so people wouldn’t take advantage of me. That is the other side of it. I’m now thinking. Am I not too careful now? Afraid? Hmmmmm, have to think about this one.

  7. Herb – It only stands to reason you’d be drawn to a book study like this one. After all, it’s in your blog name: in.his.grip

    I’ll be supporting you in prayer. There is no better place to be than in a dynamic, intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ. ANYTHING that stands in the way is a god to be slain.

    Godspeed.

  8. This book is changing me too. With some things I am struggling to decide if I agree; but one great point that it has really laid on my heart is, “How will I know when those in my community are in need?” Because if there are people in my community who are in need, it mandates that I revise my idea of what is “enough” so that I can help meet those needs.

    1. Well-spoken, Bruce. I assume, with everything that I read, that I may not agree with things in it – but that comes with being willing to be stretched beyond your current understanding of things. FYI – for those who don’t know Bruce – he is from the book’s publishing house – The House Studio.

  9. I want to live a life that draws people to Jesus in a way that they are challenged to be transformed by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the deepest places. I want to live a life that draws people to spiritual revolution as they find themselves “as if dead” before mighty bronze feet aflame (Revelation 1:13-16).

    Amen and Amen to this – I can say I desire the same!

  10. simply beautiful, this post really spoke to me especially the emphasis you laid on where our treasures are, is where our heart would be.

    i do pray that God’s will for His kingdom will be my treasure and there also will my heart lie.
    ‘I want to live a life that draws people to spiritual revolution’ (i like i like)
    thanx 4 sharing

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