Monday Message: Resolutions

19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust* consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust* consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

 
Undoubtedly, when Jesus made the statement "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also," he was making an observation on life.  What we treasure says a lot about the focus of our hearts.  At the beginning of 2017, we might even be able to stretch this to say, “Our resolutions for the New Year say a lot about the focus of our hearts.”
 
But in light of our New Year resolutions, could this text be more than an observation?  Could we listen to the wisdom of this text and from it draw guidance for our resolutions.  Perhaps Jesus is letting us know that we can use the things we resolve, the things we treasure, to focus our hearts on Jesus.
 
No one would be surprised if we admit to them that we often find ourselves, at best, partially focused on Jesus.  If we were being completely honest, we know that there are great portions of our thought life, habits, and emotions that are almost completely devoid of focus upon Jesus.
 
This is where resolutions become useful.  What if we resolved in ways that would move our hearts in faithfulness?  Resolve to pray.  Resolve to journal.  Resolve to go to church.  Resolve to make a Christian friend that you can really talk to about stuff.
 
My suspicion is that if we were to do this, we would find the focus of our hearts being shifted.  We will find ourselves treasuring things of eternal value.
 
Lord Jesus, you know who we are better than we do.  You have created us for good purpose.  You know the things that become obstacles to our treasuring your intention for our lives.  You know and you respond to us with grace.  Help us this morning to respond to you with resolve to move our hearts toward you.  We ask that in Jesus’ name, amen.

Keenan Barber