The Heart of the Issue
"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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
How do you lay up treasures in heaven? Jesus told the rich young ruler, "Sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." So giving to help people, giving to the poor, giving to ministry, giving to God's work instead of hoarding it up, giving to God—that is the way you lay treasure up in heaven.
But notice that Jesus goes on to say, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Jesus hasn't really changed the subject. The heart of the issue is the heart. That is the theme of Jesus' teaching.
A right heart attitude—a proper heart motive—is what God cares about most. That is true whether you are giving, you are praying, or you are fasting. He wants you to do these things for the right reasons.
Those right reasons include your desire to help people. Your desire to express your love for God and His Kingdom. Those are the right reasons.
Jesus said, when you are motivated by the right reasons, you are laying up treasure in heaven. He says, "Where your treasure is (in heaven with God), there your heart will be also."
His point? The heart of the issue is your heart.
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2019 Promises Calendar Bundle
Make God’s promises for you a reality!
God’s Word is packed with promises He’s made to His people throughout the ages. If you find yourself in a time of need, it’s time to take hold of a promise and reap the blessings He has in store for you. To do that, you need to understand His nature and your role in the process.
We want to help you experience the blessings of God’s promises with the Promises resource bundle. This package includes Bayless Conley’s 2019 Promises calendar, along with his 2-disc series messages (on CD or DVD).