Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you today
as you read through the entire passage!
“You shall have no other gods before me.”
“’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.’ ”
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
Recently I have been reading through the book of Ezekiel. I have been thinking about the fickle hearts of the Israelites of long ago and about the people of God today. We are no different than they were! We set our hearts on things other than God, we work for comfort, money and success. We desire the pleasures that this world has to offer seeking after happiness, and fulfillment and satisfaction in places other than our relationship with God through Christ. As Ezekiel prophesies about the fall of Jerusalem God instructs him to tell His people, “ Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins. They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them.” Ezekiel 6:9NLT. All over the Old Testament God calls the act of unfaithfulness by His people “whoring.” It is a vivid picture of how God views us when we choose “things” before Him. And, though God has made a way to Him through our Savior Jesus Christ and He has given us grace upon grace – and abounding steadfast love. Though, as Christians, He will judge us as redeemed citizen cleansed in the blood of Christ. I do not believe He views the act of unfaithfulness to Him any differently. He wants our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind. Does He have yours?
- Where is your treasure?
- Where is your heart?
- Where is your mind?
- Where are you investing your time, talents and money?
- Write down some of the idols that you have set in your life. Destroy them!
- Pray and ask the Lord to change you so that you love Him with all your heart and soul and mind!
Praying that the Lord change you to seek Him first. May we all dedicate our lives and hearts to Him. Praying for you!