Three Gifts: My Heart

*These are my rough notes, so I may elaborate more as the week goes on.  Be blessed this week and remember to treasure Christ, let your heart be found in Him, and to ponder His love always. —Whit

1. Today is important for us because once we reach the manger we have to decide what to do. Will we admire or will we adore? If we admire, we will say what a wonderful thing this or has been and we will go about our way, leaving unchanged. But if we adore, then we find ourselves changed to our core, to our heart, which is the center of our lives.

2. And being the center of our lives, we find that whatever we give our hearts to is what rules us. Scripture tells us that where our treasure is, there our heart is also (Matthew 6.21). If you want to find out what rules someone’s heart, then simply identify what they treasure. Is it relationships? Is it work? Is it wealth? Is it recreation? Is is fame? Is its themselves? Even the very words we speak will reveal to us our treasure and therefore our hearts. Jesus said, “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:45‬ ‭NASB‬‬). It’s also put like this elsewhere, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”‬‬‬‬

3. Our hearts must be guarded and they must be guarded for God. Proverbs 4.23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” We know this, don’t we?! We know this because we say things like, “She stole my heart,” or “He broke my heart.” We tell athletes to “put your heart into it” or we excuse their walking away by saying, “Her heart wasn’t in it.” All this heart talk just goes to say that we know what people value and we know what is truly important to them by what they put their heart into or give their heart to. The things they truly treasure are obvious.

4. And so I’m going to put it to you today: where is your heart? Are you admiring God or are you adoring God? Have you given Him your heart or is your heart just not in it? I hope we can walk away today, learning from Blessed Mary, as she saw the things that were happening in and around Jesus’ birth—all the visitors from all walks of life, putting their lives on the line and coming and adoring her Promised Child. The Scriptures tell us that she “treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭NASB). Mary treasured these events and activities;, she stored them up, deep within herself, and she pondered them. The roots of the word ponder “mean to consider or evaluate the weight or value or something.” Will you do that today? Will you ponder the gift of Christ in your heart—the weight and value of His love and grace—and then make Him your treasure?‬‬

5. I want you to adore Christ, to treasure Him; to do what the man did in the parable Jesus told when He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13.44 NASB). Treasure Jesus Christ. Let your heart be found in Him. Do all that it takes, but above all, ponder and treasure what God has done and let it bless you today.

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