Luke 12:8 – 34
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
                Business oriented people are often asking; “What’s the bottom line?”   This is a good question to ask in any situation because it’s the ‘bottom line’ that sums up the entire deal!  Jesus framed this question in general terms – covering the spiritual as well as the practical.  These two aspects of reality aren’t as unrelated as we have come to believe.  
                 How we live our daily lives and treat others are practical matters that relate directly to the spiritual orientation of our hearts.  What does a person chase after? What does a person desire above all things and what does a person guard and protect? The answers to these questions expose the spiritual reality of our lives.  Some would say; “My life doesn’t have a spiritual reality – I don’t believe in religious stuff!”  Not believing in a spiritual reality is a spiritual reality.  Any grade school math teacher can tell you that zero is as much a number as one or two or three is.   What kind of experiential chauvinism allows people to deny the existence of something because they don’t experience it?  I’ve never gone to China but I’m not about to deny its existence because I’ve never had (or wanted) the experience.
                As we consider all the things that pull at our heart we can start to get a sense of our spiritual geography.   Where do your motivations carry your mind, soul and spirit?  Through what emotional terrain does your daily life bring you – a cool meadow or a high place or a swamp?  If your life is like mine – we travel through all kinds of terrain as we seek our heart’s desires.   Jesus said to us; “… do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  … But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 8: 29-31)
                How do we seek His kingdom?  We have to make an effort – journey towards it.  I have a plaque in my home that says; “Wise men still seek Him”.  Even today, people search of something better than the shallow reality of consumerism.  This ‘walk’ through the Bible is a journey towards His kingdom.  Like the wise men of old – you’ll find the journey long but worth the effort – if you stay at it.
                A sign post along the way that will tell you that your heading in the right direction is the realization that; “ … a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12: 15)
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