HOW’S YOUR HEART
Sunday we started to work through Robert Morris’ series “The Blessed Life.” Throughout the next four weeks, there is going to be one question that continues to be theme of this series: “How’s your heart?” As we start this series, I want to ask one question two different ways.
First, I want to ask “How hard is your heart?” Whenever a church chooses to address the issues of finances, there is a tendency for so many who attend the church to harden their hearts. Though Jesus Christ addresses money in scripture as much as or more than major issues like love, faith, etcetera, we still seem to take offense every time the church tries to address it. Part of that is the church’s fault, as we have a habit of approaching this topic as a tool to guilt people into more giving. But beyond that, we simply don’t like to talk about money, particularly about how we should be generous with our money. Which leads to my second question.
“What is the shape of your heart?” One of the reasons that our heart becomes so hard when it comes to the topic of finances is because of the shape of our heart. Later in this series, we will dive into Matthew 6:24 and unpack the truth behind it. But listen to this scripture:
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24 NLT)
This scripture speaks directly to the shape of our heart. We either have a heart that is being shaped by God or a heart that is being shaped by money. We can’t have both. If our heart is shaped by God, talking about money and generosity is not a problem. However, it we find that when the topic of money comes up, we immediately tense up and take on a defensive position, it is probably because our heart is shaped by money. So the idea of generosity “bends us out of shape” because it doesn’t match with our hearts.
So my question to you today is this- How’s your Heart? Are you ready to keep an open heart and mind about what you might learn this series? Or do you sense yourself putting up walls already? God has a lot He wants to teach us in this series, but whether or not we can be open to it is really all about our hearts.
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