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By Lorna Brown

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34, NIV). Notice that the Lord does not say, “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” He tells us that because hearts follow treasure, it is important where we invest our treasure. It is also important that we be intentional about that investing.

boy giving flowersTreasure consists of more resources than money, including time and talents, but money often gives us the quickest view of our treasure’s location. It is likely to tell us as well where we spend our time and talents. Even a brief look at our checkbooks reveals two things: First, our hearts are not where they should be. But, second, they are where they should be. How can this be? Aren’t these two statements contradictory? Not really, because our hearts are not to be in one place only.

The Ten Commandments guide our investing of treasure. They teach about our important relationships to our family, our community and God. Jesus wraps those responsibilities in love – love God and love your neighbor. In doing so, He gives us more than responsibility, He gives us a vocation. And we fulfill that vocation with our treasure.

When we look at our checkbooks, we see that much of our treasure is invested in our families. Some is invested in our neighbors, often through gifts to charities and community organizations. The question we need to ask is, “Are we investing as much of our treasure in God, through our gifts to our church?” This question requires more than a casual response. It requires a response of intentional investing to our vocation of love. When we put our treasure in God, then our hearts follow and abide in Him.

Isn’t that where we want our hearts?

See related stories: Giving cheerfully, living generously are acts of worship and Tithing creates generous lifestyle for Whittingtons.

Editor’s note: Commitment Sunday, February 23, 2014, is a time for making intentional decisions about investing your treasure.

Lorna BrownLorna Brown was born and raised in England. She came to the USA in 1968 and has lived in Richmond for the past 23 years. Lorna has a BBA from Western Florida University, an MBA from University of Phoenix and is retired from the State where she worked as an accountant. Lorna has been a member of First Baptist since 1997, is a member of the FLO Crew, serves as a Deacon, and has been on several mission trips.

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