Look at where a good bit of your TIME, your TREASURE and your TALENT are spent.
Do you spend a lot of your TIME on your phone, looking at social media or perusing Pinterest? Do you spend a lot of your TIME on your couch, watching daytime tv or binge-watching This is Us? Do you spend a lot of your TIME worrying about what others think or trying to live up to other’s lives, comparing and contrasting and complaining?
Do you spend a lot of your TREASURE on Amazon purchases? Do you spend a lot of your TREASURE at Walmart or Target or Macy’s? Do you spend a lot of your TREASURE on “things” like cars, clothes or comfort?
Do you spend a lot of your TALENT just entertaining yourself? Do you spend a lot of your TALENT in situations that aren’t building God’s kingdom or building up someone else? Do you spend a lot of your TALENT (and I’ll add experience here, too) reviewing to yourself how blessed you are and thankful for how God has equipped you?
All of these questions lead us to re-examine ourselves. Matthew 6:21 says that if any of the things that are mentioned above are over-occupying our thoughts, minds and actions, they are being misused. They are becoming the very things that we are building our lives around. Because our heart isn’t just our blood-pumping muscle, and it doesn’t necessarily mean red puffy hearts and Valentine’s day cards and dates with our significant others. Heart, in this passage, has to do with the seat of our personality and our attention…where we make our decisions from.
So Jesus is saying in this verse, your decisions and your attention are going to be wherever/whatever the things you orient your life around are.
That’s scary sometimes, when we look back on a day in the life.
Did I give any time to building others up?
Did I give any treasure to invest in eternity?
Did I give any talent to bless someone else?