God asks for our whole heart,” My son, give me thine heart,” ( Prov.23:26).
know that the heart will be where the treasure is. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (v.21)
Where is our treasure, our chief good, the object of our strongest desires?
If it is on earth, it will fail us at the last. God bids us to trust all our precious things to him.
Jesus is able to keep that which we have committed unto him against that day. He ask us to trust him for our sake, all is safe in his keeping.
Let us lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven, Treasures of holy thoughts, and Holy deeds.
Above all, let Christ himself be the treasure, the dearest Possession of our hearts, the joy of our soul.
If our treasure is heavenly, our heart will become heavenly too. Filled with heavenly affection and filled with Heavenly hope, and this hope maketh not ashamed.
The intellect. The eye receive the light of the sun. If it is blinded, all is dark, if it is diseased, the image presented to the mind is no longer clear, distinct, single, but confused, distorted, and questionable “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of the heart:” (Eph.4:18).
The intellect is the eye of the soul, but earthly affections distort and perverts it.
If the heart is set on low, carnal objects, the intellect cannot discern clearly things high and heavenly, it cannot receive the light of the Sun of Righteousness, its vision is obscure and darkened.
If the intellect cannot see with a single eye the blessedness of salvation, still more, if it becomes dark, how great must be the darkness of the whole soul.
The consecrated heart enlightens the intellect, for God dwelleth in the heart that is given to him, and his presence is the light of the soul “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1.Jh.1:7).
Our gift must be total surrender and complete obedience. There cannot not be two masters in our life. “Thou shalt have none other gods but me” (Ex.20:3) This was the first commandment of Mount Sinai.
Same serve the living and true God, same serve mammon, earthly things. “Know ye not the friendship of the world is enmity with God.” (Ja.4:4).
It must be God or mammon, Jehovah or Baal, heaven are the world. There can only be one master. We must not be divided in mind “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (Ja. 1:8).
We must do our duty in the present and leave the future to God, trusting him with loving faith.
For example of his care. The fowls of the air, Consider the lilies, the vine, the fig tree, the corn-land, sheep of the pasture, the fish of the sea.
We cannot add to our lives a cubit length, a day or an hour, therefore let us learn to trust him with our work.
He knows our needs, he bids us to ask for our daily bread, he will list to our prayer “For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. “ (Mt.6:32).
We have learned to seek first the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Seek first the kingdom of God above all things, above riches, honour, comfort, ease, even above the love of those who are nearest and dearest to us. (Mt.6:33).
We are reminded of each day, it has its burden, its difficulties, its temptations, yet each day brings its help from God, its grace, its mercies, therefore “Take no thought for the morrow.” (Mt.6:34).
Do not allow the day to be darkened, and its work to be marred, by gloomy forebodings of possible troubles in the future “ And when these thing begin to come to pass, then look up, lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Lk.21:28).
They may never come, we may pass away before they come, if they should come, God will give us strength and wisdom.
In closing. Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven. Make no compromises, give your whole heart to God.
God cares for us, we must trust him, and be not over charged “ And take heed to yourselves, least at any time your heart be over charge with suffering, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day cometh upon you unawares.” (Lk.21:34).
The present is ours, the future belongs to God’s. “Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (Phil.3:13).