by Roger Thomas

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A Matter of the Heart (4 of 6)
Series: Day by Day with Jesus
Roger Thomas
John 12:1-8

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Our text tells the story of two treasures, two hearts, and two lives headed into two totally different directions.

Of course when Jesus says, "where your treasure is there will your heart be also", he's not talking about the organ in your chest that pumps the blood. He is speaking of the center of your life, the focus of our love, affections and priorities.

On the first day of school, the kindergarten teacher told the class to put their right hands over their hearts and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. The teacher watched the children as they started the pledge, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..." She stopped when she noticed Johnny's right hand over the left side of his rear end. "Johnny, I will not continue until you put your hand over your heart." Johnny replied, "Ma'am, it is over my heart." After several attempts to get Johnny to put his hand over his heart, the teacher asked, "Why do you think that is your heart?" "Because whenever my Grandma visits, she picks me up, pats me here, and says, 'Bless your little heart, and my Grandma doesn't lie!"

In an article in Today's Christian Woman, Carol Leet tells of an incident that happened to her granddaughter. Four-year-old Amanda went to the doctor's office with a fever. The doctor tried to ease the little girl's obvious nervousness. When he looked in her ears, he said, "Who's in there? Donald Duck?" She said, "No." He looked in her nose and said, "Who's in there? Mickey Mouse?" Again she said, "No." He put his stethoscope on her heart and said, "Who's in there? Barney?" Amanda replied, "No, Jesus is in my heart. Barney is on my underwear." (Today's Christian Woman, Vol. 18, no. 4.)

Our possessions and our priorities (our treasure and our heart) form a spiritual intersection. The direction we take determines everything t ...

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