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The Gap: Week 2 - Wednesday

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21

The heart is one of the most essential organs in our entire bodies. It pumps blood and provides important nutrients that our body needs. Because of this, it is no surprise that when Jesus was asked in Mark 12 what the most important command in Scripture was, Jesus said the most important command was to "love the Lord your God with all your heart…" (Mark 12:30a).

You see, just like the heart provides blood to our bodies, a love for God should provide motivation and purpose to everything we do. It should be the emotion and motivation behind all of our actions and attitudes. In other words, when someone loves God with all of their heart, that love drives their actions. This means that nothing else takes the place of Him. He is more important than anything else. Notice in Mark 12 that Jesus used the word "all." That means that our entire hearts should belong to Him.

In Matthew 6, we have a picture of what it looks like to love God with all of our hearts. In these verses, Jesus calls us to love God more than anything else. He calls us not to love things on this earth because they will ultimately fade away. "Wherever your treasure is," He says, "there the desire of your hearts will also be" (Matthew 6:21). You see, we do not have to look far to see where our hearts are. Where are you investing your time, talents, and money? Wherever that is, that is what is occupying your heart, your emotions, and affection.

Moving Toward Action

To love God with your entire heart is to love people the way Jesus did. This looks like having the same heart for those who are lost that Jesus did. One way that you can reach those who are lost is by practicing the Bridge Diagram. By doing this, you will better be able to understand your faith and share it with others when an opportunity arises. Take five to ten minutes today to practice explaining the Bridge Diagram.

Going Deeper

Read Matthew 6:19-24 (NLT)

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!"

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.