Jesus had this incredible way of cutting straight to the point. He would say just a few words, maybe a little story, and cut straight through our excuses, and philosophies, our distractions, and get right to the point He was striving to make. It is a quality I am fascinated by.
In Matthew 6, Jesus does just this. He says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The entire passage here is fascinating. Jesus works through values and what is important, how we should be praying, fasting, and why. But here is verse 21 He gives a window into our finances and the way in which our choices with them reflect our value system. Essentially, what Jesus is saying is that there is a connection between our heartstrings and our purse strings.
The things we invest our money in, whether it is a lot or a little, tells volumes about what we care about. For instance, there was a time in my life that I valued NY Giants football in a way that was very disproportionate to the Kingdom of God. I would invest gobs of time, thought, and energy into something I honestly had no control over. I could not make them win, though I tried. I could not will them or utilize superstition in any way that would actually change anything. I became so obsessed, I began purchasing autographs, memorabilia, sideline gear, etc. With each purchase, I was investing more of my heart into something that ultimately, though fun, did not matter.
Then, one day, God used the coordination of the ending of a football season with my soft spot for my wife, compounded by my soft spot for my little Cadi Bug, to breakdown my protection of finances just enough that I would say “yes” to sponsoring a little girl halfway around the world. For just about $1 a day God found my purse strings and yanked at my heartstrings. It started a gentle revolution in my heart, that has grown into a love for Him and for those in need that led me to sell it all, my Giants memorabilia, my home, my belongings to pursue the calling He has for me.
Don’t let me scare you off here—I am not saying that giving to an organization like ours will lead to moving to Africa. What I am saying is that giving a dollar a day to Mercy Branch can fund the blessing of children half a world away, while simultaneously drawing your heart closer to your King. Because, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
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