Week One - Day Three
Following Jesus means treasuring him above all else
Luke 5:11 - And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Matthew 6:19-24 - Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 13:44 - The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
When Jesus called his first disciples, they brought their boats to land and followed him. In doing so, they knowingly walked away from the steady income that provided for their families. There were no unemployment benefits 2000 years ago! Peter, James, and John had heard the truth of Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 6. They knew they could not serve two masters. They chose the security of God over the security of money.
We are faced with the same choice. Our hearts crave security, comfort, and the finer things in life. The temptation to try and serve both masters is strong. Jesus warns us against this by reminding us that where our treasure is, there our heart is found. This “heart” that Jesus is talking about isn’t just our emotions. The Hebrew language has no word for “mind” or “will.” The Greek word for “heart” (kardia) means the emotion, intellect, and will of a person. It much more holistically represents who we are. Jesus says it is impossible to serve two masters; our hearts will only be devoted to one. In Matthew 13, Jesus gives an example where he actually describes what it’s like when we find the truth of God’s kingdom. The man in this parable realizes that what he has in the field is greater than all his worldly possessions. When we realize the treasure we have in Jesus, the focus and priorities of our life changes. In “joy” we will receive a treasure that cannot be stolen, does not decay, grow obsolete, or break. Jesus is the ultimate security, the most trustworthy comfort, and is finer than anything this world has to offer.
• The disciples daily invested in an ultimate security. Their hearts (mind, will, and emotions) were set on Christ. Reflecting on Jesus’ words in Matthew 6, what are things you can do today to joyfully set your heart on Jesus?