” Don’t lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven….For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
What is your passion (or treasure)? What extra-curricular activities are you pursuing that consume most of your thoughts? Where do you spend your extra money? Where is your heart? These are questions we need to ask ourselves so we can avoid a lifetime of striving after the wind if our heart is not in the right place.
Passions can be fleeting, charged by our temporal emotions, or lifelong. They can he healthy or unhealthy, but will always cost us something. A lot of times we compromise our vocation, marriage, time with our children, and maybe even our self-respect in order to fulfill our unhealthy passions.
What have we set our heart upon lately? Jesus set His heart upon us—so much so that He was willing to die for us! So, as believers, our first passion must be our love for Jesus Christ.
Multiple passions compete with each other in our spirit. If our earthly passions take precedence over our heavenly pursuits, we will be estranged from God and our spiritual vitality will be weakened. But when our love for Jesus reigns in our heart, then we will experience the fullness of life that only He can give. (Judy Whittaker)