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Look to the Son

Weekly Devotionals

Look to the Son

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matt 6:19-23)

I’m pretty competitive. It’s not the end of the world if I lose, but love it more when I win. I played a lot of team sports when I was younger, so maybe that’s where it comes from. I like playing all sorts of games. You can challenge me to a jumping contest, or a round of rock scissors paper and I’m in. I recently picked up darts while I’m still learning proper form and technique I would say that your focus and follow through matter equally.  If you are not focused on the target, it affects the outcome. If your follow through isn’t straight you’ll miss your mark and hit something else.

Our passage begins and ends by giving warnings to us about storing up earthly treasures here on earth. The most interesting thing that I found was sandwiched in between these warnings. It talks about the eye. “The eye is the lamp of the body”. It makes one wonder, “what does this have to do with warnings against serving money?”

The focus of our hearts is of utmost importance. What the eyes of our hearts behold and focus on changes and affects the trajectory of our lives. It’s like darts. You focus first and then follow through. If the eyes of hearts fixate on things of the world, success, security, popularity, acceptance, family, friends, relationships one might be fortunate enough to obtain a measure of the things they seek, but these things will always be things that moth and rust will eventually destroy. Sometimes the things of the world overwhelm us. Expectations of people overwhelm us and we lose focus. On the other hand, if you focus first on Christ, the follow through is the obedience that only happens as we keep our eyes fixed on Him. The gain will be something of far greater and eternal value.

The sunflower is fascinating and unique in the way it tracks the sun as it moves across the sky. It looks to the sun because the sun is its source of life. Like the sunflower, I pray that we would be people that always look to the Son to be our source.

This week, let’s ask ourselves, what are the eyes of my heart focused on?