Give, and Your Heart Will Follow

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 6:19-21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (v. 21)

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” People seem to want to hear this verse backward. That is, they hear Jesus saying, “Where your heart is, that’s where your treasure will be.” If you want to know where your heart is, the logic goes, then look at where you spend your money. If you spend your money on, say, a favorite hobby, then that’s where your heart is. That may be true. But that’s not what Jesus said.

Jesus said that where you put your treasure is where your heart will go. There is an intimate connection between spiritual maturity and generous giving. We’ve always known that the former can lead to the latter – spiritually mature people almost always give generously. But Jesus says that it can work the other way around – people who give generously become spiritually mature. Generous giving puts us on the pathway to a deeper, more meaningful spiritual life.

It may be true that how we spend our money reveals what sort of people we are. But it’s also true that how we spend our money determines what sort of people we become. Give of your treasure, and your heart will follow.

My childhood pastor used to introduce the Sunday offering by saying: “Give from your heart.” A better formula might be, “Give for where you want your heart to be.” Give as though you are the sort of person you would like to be, and let your heart catch up with your treasure.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to give generously, and let my heart follow my treasure. Amen.