“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Where the Heart Is
(Please read Ephesians 5:25-31 and Matthew 6:21)
Early in human history the word “heart” came to stand for people’s entire mental and moral activity. So in the Bible, as in everyday conversation, the heart is used figuratively for the center of life. When we say, “My heart is broken,” or, “My heart goes out to you,” we are talking about the core of our emotions and thoughts. And when we discuss where the heart is, we mean where our affections are centered.
“Home is where the heart is,” says an old adage. That must be true, for it would be impossible for a husband and wife to follow the instructions in our text unless their hearts were in the effort.
While enjoyment of earthly homes is strong in our hearts, we live in anticipation of another, better home. Jesus tells us to put our treasures in heaven where they will be safe (see Matthew 6:19-20), adding, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (6:21, NIV).
How do we lay up treasures in heaven? Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor, and he would have treasure in heaven (Luke 18:22). So there it is: In order to have treasures in heaven we must be generous and willing to share with those in need.
The heart must also be where the mouth is. Jesus said the things proceeding out of the mouth must come from the heart (Matthew 5:18), effectively forbidding such things as lying and vile talk.
Let’s be sure our hearts, and our treasure, are in the right place.