For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

This simple statement carries a huge lesson for us. Jesus tells us that what we put value on is where our attention will be. That seems pretty self-evident, but let’s look at how this line of thought affects our daily lives.

Jesus teaches that when we focus on something, we tend to put our time and effort – our treasure – into it as well. The process is completed by more attention – our heart – following. This is a wonderful pattern for discipleship, but it is also a definition of the addiction cycle.

In this short verse, Jesus warns that what we spend our time and money on affects our whole lives and our relationship with God. If we are focused on the connection to our Creator, we will continue to grow in our love for Him and use His gifts wisely. However, a focus on earthly things can distract us and cause a disconnection. God will never withdraw His love from us, but we can drift into things that prevent us from being fully alive in Him. Make sure your time and treasure go to things that lead to life!

Heavenly Father, we are easily attracted to things that don’t benefit us or our relationship with You. Help us to seek worthy goals and use Your gifts for the good of all. Amen.

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