“For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure.” Matthew 6:21 (TPT)
pursue: to follow, in order to overtake; to chase
Over the last few years, I’ve become more intentional about discovering what I’m really all about. Learning what God has placed in me to put value on. Some things that are important to Him, He wants all of us to put of utmost value. Like love. Loving God and loving people are the foundation of a believer’s life. What that looks like in each of us is different but love is always the foundation and therefore should be our highest value. But then there are the things that are passions, God-given passions that drive us in our gifting, our ministry, our lives. The unique piece we bring to the world around us.
Have you ever sat down and wrote out your core values? I encourage you to ponder and reflect on what your heart is pursuing, what you find yourself running after or putting priority on on a daily basis. This will be the key to seeing what your core values or treasures are.
When we begin to do this, we find out the things that are placed in us from Him and also what we are treasuring that is actually junk. Sometimes I find myself clinging to a plastic toy when he wants to give me a golden ring. My heart is pursuing cheap toys when He has bountiful treasure to give me. As believers, we want to live our lives, letting him establish our treasures and values.
When we find ourselves running after something that isn’t of value to us or to the Lord, it’s time to sit back and let Jesus take those silly plastic toys and replace them with God-given treasures.
These are a few of the things I treasure and that my heart pursues. These are the good and important things that I have found that the Lord has placed in me to treasure.
- The reality of Heaven being tangible and a gift that is available to us now, on this side of eternity.
- Relationship – not just the idea of relationship but pursuing actual people to be in relationship with.
- A lifestyle of maintaining Rest – physically, spiritual and emotionally.
- Constantly making the choice to let go of fear and be courageous and brave.
- Being a person of empowerment and encouragement… to everyone I meet.
What are your treasures? What is your heart pursuing?