I can have my heart’s desire.
I wonder if that is as much of a warning as it should be, or if people glance over it as being a Hallmark greeting card, a promise for prosperity.
I wonder what percentage of most church goers’ budgets go to tithing, helping the needy, supporting orphans and widows. I wonder what percentage of their time is dedicated to loving God and loving others, remembering Christ, surrendering their will to be a living sacrifice to honor the Lord?
I wonder what percentage of most organized religions budgets actually go to help the needy, the addicted, the widows and the orphans who have no money to offer in return for the services provided? Compared to how much money is spent to provide services and benefits and comfort to those who will bring in more money.
How often do I examine my expenses to see what it tells me about my priorities?
How often do I examine the use of my time to see what it tells me about my priorities?
Is God clearly a priority or just an after thought?
Don’t my priorities truly reflect my heart’s desire?
If I am trusting an organization with the Lord’s money, what does their budget say about their priorities?
Do these priorities line up with the biblical call placed upon bodies of Christ followers serving as His Kingdom come on earth, as the body of Christ alive and at work reconciling this world to Christ?
Are they preferential towards those that can benefit them or are they open handed to the poor who have no material benefits to offer them?
Are they building up cults of personality following a charismatic teacher, there for the show, just to have them all turn away when they encounter the cost of Discipleship, a dedicated, life-long commitment to becoming more like Christ?
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Luke 16:10-13 ESV
Are we proving ourselves trustworthy with the resources entrusted to us by God, and are we using them to His glory and honor?
Are we trusting our eternally valuable souls to those whom we can’t even trust to make proper use of money?
We are to be like Christ.
1 John 2:6 ESV
Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
1 Peter 2:21 ESV
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Christ is perfect. We are to be reconciled to Christ, glory upon glory, becoming more like Christ. Striving for perfection, walking His walk.
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Romans 8:29 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Is it our heart’s desire to be more like Christ? Do we desire Him most of all?
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40 NLT