Have you ever lost something really important to you? I’m sure you have. Your keys, your phone, your favorite shoes…it’s annoying! Right now I can’t find my iPod, and I have searched every logical place where it could possibly be hiding. Its location remains a mystery.
Sometimes you misplace bigger things, like your ID and credit cards. Or your passport, right before you’re supposed to leave the country. (Yes, this happened to me. I don’t like to think about it. My missions trip was placed on hold. I hid under a blanket all morning on the couch.) Your life pretty much stops in that moment. Do you remember a time when you lost something that important to you? Did you find it? Even now, do you feel sick to your stomach, remembering the panic and worry?
We ransack our house, our purse, and our car when we lose something important to us. We retrace our steps. We dig through the pockets of every article of clothing we’ve worn in the past month.
But what about when we lose our heart?
We’re so emotionally connected to “stuff”. By stuff, I mean anything that we can’t take to Heaven with us.
What if we took a step back and looked at our houses and our possessions through the eyes of Jesus? I wonder if He rolls His eyes at our desperate need to accumulate things. Talk about small-mindedness! Our Christmas lists are longer than our prayer lists! We spend more time on Facebook checking our status than we do on our faces, seeking God’s will here on earth. We pass the time watching YouTube videos, while souls are passing into eternity.
Have we lost our heart? Have we become so wrapped up in the “stuff” of this world that we seriously think it matters?
It’s all junk! Listen to what Jesus says:
“Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21, NET
All of our “stuff” will rot and waste away one day. We’ll be in eternity, and the treasures that we spent years accumulating will be gone. None of it matters! None of it!
Are we so completely lost that we allow our relationships to fall by the wayside while we entertain ourselves in front of a screen? Have we slipped so far that we think a text message covers it? Sending a Facebook message once in awhile to stay “connected”?
Are you serious? What is happening here? Have we allowed the enemy of our souls to lull us into a sleepy stupor while Eternity is knocking on the door?
Don’t you think that this was his plan all along? Instead of dragging everyone into lives of drug addiction and complete scandal, he thought of an easier tactic. A less dramatic one. To catch us unaware. We won’t declare war on something that seems so harmless.
Then he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour? Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again and prayed the same thing.
Mark 14:37-39, NET
We’ve always been this way, we humans! Even when the disciples had Jesus right there with them. Could they not feel His power? Did they get so used to being in the Presence of the Almighty God that they were immune to His rebukes? They fell asleep again, even after the Lord’s plea to stay awake and pray. Could they not hear the grief and desperation in His voice? Did they not see it on His face?
God, forgive us! We are just like Your disciples. We have grown so accustomed to feeling Your presence that we are immune to Your rebuke!
We must wake up! Children of God, we must awaken out of our sleep, because our time is short!
“But as for that day and hour no one knows it—not even the angels in heaven—except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left. “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Matthew 24:36-42, NKJV
It’s no joke!
But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Romans 13:11-14, MSG
Yes, yes, yes!!
Have you lost your heart? Where can you begin looking? Jesus gave us the answer when He told His disciples,
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where is your heart? It’s where your treasure is. Where all of your time, money, and energy is spent. Start looking there. Don’t like what you find? Ask your faithful Savior to step in and help you regain your heart, your purpose, and your salvation. It only takes a moment in His presence to wash away the filth and distractions of this world. He’s always ready to receive you! Tired of the weariness that comes from seeking satisfaction in “stuff”? Don’t wait another moment! He’s waiting for you.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18, NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV
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