All Your Heart
Read Matthew 6:16-34
Our culture has this thing about hearts. It’s the universal symbol of love. We have balloon hearts, candy hearts, stuffed hearts and necklace hearts. There’s even a heart hand-symbol that has gone viral. Yep, words aren’t necessary. If you want to tell that special someone how you feel about them, curl your fingers with thumbs together, and smile. But when you think about it, why would we choose the symbol of a heart to convey the message of love? Why not a brain? Or a kidney? Or a stomach? (which, by the way, with the men in my family… would work). What is it with us human beings and the heart?
We even use the heart to be descriptive. A person without compassion is heartless, and we encourage him to have a heart. When we're deeply hurt, we're brokenhearted or when we’re very courageous, we're brave hearted. If we want to talk quietly with someone, we want to have a heart-to-heart, or we'll joke with them and be lighthearted. And why are there so many songs written about losing your heart, finding your heart, breaking your heart, mending your heart, giving it away, or having it stolen? There must really be something special about our heart.
In his book, The Sacred Romance, author Brent Curtis calls the heart, “the flame of the human soul.” He adds, ...out of this wellspring of our soul flows all true caring and all meaningful work, all real worship and all sacrifice. He says it’s where we first hear the voice of God and come to know Him. Hmmm… Where we first come to know God. Not with our brain. With our heart.
So what does God have to say about our heart? In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus, who is in the middle of that most famous of sermons, The Sermon on the Mount, is speaking to the multitudes gathered around Him.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:21
Jesus is telling us how to find our heart, and He's doing it in a very practical way. He knows that what we treasure, we'll hold close. And there is nowhere closer to me than my heart. I will guard that treasure with all of my heart, because I love it that much.
But are there things that I treasure that could give me heart-burn? Treasures that start off golden but tarnish as my grip tightens. Or treasures that turn from being hidden in my heart to selfishly controlling it, which can only lead to heartbreak.
The heart is a fragile thing. Maybe we should try placing it in a safe place... a secure place... someplace we can trust – with Someone who cares for it even more than we do. Someone, like God.
In Philippians 4:7, we're given a very definite promise. If we will trust God – go to Him with our smiles as well as our concerns – He will guard our heart. Not only that, He will wrap it up all snug with His amazing peace. A peaceful heart. Now that's something to treasure.
You can have that kind of heart. You may say, But you don't know me. I’m too black hearted. Let me encourage you to take heart. Jesus has promised to wash you from the inside out and make you new – to create in you a clean heart.
His heart of love is overflowing for you. Won’t you trust Him with yours?