“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
I watched a movie the other day called Extraordinary. A movie about a professor and a marathon runner, who was always looking to accomplish that next big race. It is a true story about a “Marriage Journey.” Due to so many years of running, it took a toll on his health, and was quickly starting to take a toll on his marriage. After having heart complications and knee damage, the obvious thing would be to quit running, and focus on the simple yet valuable things in his life, like his marriage. His wife was quite upset to learn that her husband, even in his condition, was planning to do one more race.
Sometimes in life, we just don’t know when to stop. We become so distracted by the things we think God has placed His stamp on, and lose sight of the important things all around us that need tending to. Dave’s marriage was in trouble, but he was so focused on running, that he was forgetting what he was running for.
We all want to finish well. It’s good to finish what you start, but in Dave’s case, he was long finished running. After years of marriage he soon realized that the thing he wanted to finish well, was his marriage.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Sometimes we avoid things, because we don’t want to deal with them. But we always have to face up to the things we don’t want to at some point.
“What you focus on in your life, is what develops.” Joyce Meyer
I was watching Joyce Meyer on television and she was speaking on how the things we focus on the most in our life, is what we give the most power, and therefore that is what we develop in our life. It’s okay to have goals and dreams for ourselves, but all too often we spend our time focus on the things that are “easy” or that bring us quick satisfaction, and put off the “hard” stuff.
If you focus on money, you will probably work all of the time, and make a lot of it. Build up material things, and be satisfied for a while. But you can only stare at a piece of expensive art, before the novelty wears off, and you are left starting at the wall by yourself. What is it that you value? The bible says that it is no good for a man to gain the world if he loses his soul. (Matthew 16:26)
I’ve heard the saying, “their heart was in the right place.” Is your heart in the right place today? If your heart is in the wrong place, what you are focusing on will cause destruction in every other part of your life. If you are in the right place, what you focus on will cause everything else in your life to flourish.
The bible says that where your treasure is, there your heart is also. If you treasure the things of this earth, you set your mind on things of the earth. If you think on things eternal, then you are on the right path.
God knows what we need/desire on the earth, and there’s nothing wrong with having nice things. (Philippians 4:13) God will even at times provide the thing we desire (Psalm 37:4) Most of all he wants us to place our focus on Him, and He will shows us the things we should be placing our time and effort on. We are on this earth but a short time, we must be careful how we use it. (James 4:14)
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” Matthew 6:19
The things on this earth will one day vanish. What legacy will you leave behind for your loved ones? “Well they worked hard, and accumulated a lot of stuff.” Or, “they loved the Lord, had great faith, did many wondrous things for God. Therefore I will follow in their footsteps.” Our actions do not only affect ourselves, God wants us to instill values in others as well, so they might be successful in this race called life.
Take the time to sit and pray for God to show you who you are in Him. Ask Him to help you find clarity in your life, so that you aren’t wasting time on things that aren’t important. Work toward your goals, work hard and enjoy the rewards of your labor, but never forget the race you are running is not just of this earth, but is eternal. What are you focusing on in your life? Is it overtaking everything else important, or do you have a good balance? Where does your treasure lie today, does it line up with God’s will?
Keep your eye on the prize, and whatever you are aiming for you will get there. If heaven is your focus, you are on the right track. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and beautiful things will transpire in your life.
At the end of the movie extraordinary, what this man found, was that the most extraordinary thing in his life was not that he could accomplish a marathon, but was that his wife never left his side, even though he was unfair to her many times. He learned quickly how valuable she was, and how much he had taken her for granted for his own selfish desires.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8