Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Desires of The Heart...
It's Missions Emphasis time again at our church.  Once a year we focus on, and think about the missionaries we support and the work that they do.  We remind ourselves that the job of missions (and evangelism) is not just up to those who dedicate their lives on foreign fields, but it is also up to us here at home to remember to pray for them and to give to support them.  I know that sometimes we tend to forget that even in the most remote parts of the world, it still costs money to operate and survive.  But, here's the's not just missionaries that need our prayers and support.  What about our own home churches?  I heard a question that really stuck with me recently.."if everyone in your church gave just like you do, what kind of church would you have?  Would the staff get paid on time? Would the electric bill and all the other expenses be taken care of?"  You could take that thought beyond just giving to the areas of service and praying for the ministry and its leadership!  There is a basic law of the universe, that God has created, that basically says, "you can not reap before you sow".  I know that some will say..."just like a Baptist, always talking about money".  But the fact of the matter is that it has never really been about money...the real issue for every Christian is.....

Desires of the Heart

What is your heart’s desire
What is it that you crave
Is it a closer walk with Him
Who has the power to save
Is it life that’s more abundant
With blessings multiplied
Or is it temporal things you chase
Like fortune fame and pride
Do you long for things that cannot last
And lose sight of what cannot fail
For whatever your heart desires most
Is surely the most telling tale
Do you hope for joy in sorrow
And a peace you can’t explain
Do you look to Him for answers
To find sunshine through the rain
You see all the glittering treasures here
Are fleeting dreams at best
And only what’s done for the Kingdom
Will pass the eternal test
So it’s left to us to make a choice
What dividends we’ll reap
To keep the things we cannot lose
We must give what we cannot keep
For money time and energy
Invested for the Lord
A hundred million years from now
Will still be yielding great reward

Matt 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Ps 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

God has made some wonderful and powerful promises to us in His Word, unfortunately most of us are far too easily distracted from what is truly important by what is so clearly temporary.  If we will only “delight” ourselves in the Lord, then our desires will be right and God delights to give us those desires.