We meet for Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. Yesterday we were six women, interestingly all moms. Discussion turns to the fact that God has deposited gifts and talents into each of our lives. He has purpose for each of us and our gifts will be used within the context of His plans being worked out in our lives. None of us the same. Each purpose unique to us.
We shared that at times we have felt that our purposes have been sabotaged. Short-circuited if you will. Unattained. Yet we still feel a nagging inside of us to pursue those passions inside of us.
I drove home still thinking about the entire conversation ……
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
(Matthew 6:21, NLT)
I looked at that verse all afternoon and returned to it last night. I had always looked at that Scripture in context of accumulating wealth and possessions. But I found myself wondering if I could not re-word that verse this way: “Find the passion that He has planted deep in your heart and you will find the treasure He has placed in you.”
What if the desires of my heart line up with the gifts He has deposited in my life and given me a passion to pursue? Could He mean that as I pursue my passion, develop and use my God given gifts that I will bear fruit and store treasure in heaven?
I sat reading this portion in Matthew and looking up all the cross references, wanting some answers or clues to show me if I were on the right track. One of the cross references in my Bible led me to continue reading:
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with those in need. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. (1 Timothy 6: 18-19, NLT).
There it was again…using your resources to bless and help others stores up treasure. Our resources also include the gifts He has given us which are to be used for the benefit and edification of our community. Those we are journeying with in this life need what we can bring to the table. And we need what they can also bring. Our lives are enriched by one another.
Still pondering. But I am truly beginning to believe that as we look inside our heart, and discover what we are passionate about, we are going to find the purpose that He planned for our lives.
Our hearts and our treasures are divinely linked together.
May we uncover the treasure and experience true life.
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