In the world but not of it

January 5, 2010

Carrot on a stick…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21

It was brand new. Fully loaded and it was a special edition built only for that model year. I had my eye on buying this car for some time. The promise of success was wrapped up in driving this car.

The world uses the phrase “a carrot on a stick” as a way of communicating that something we really want is dangled in front of us constantly to keep our attention focused on getting it. Money, power, position, lust…all have this allure.

The lack of money to buy something never prevented anyone from lusting after it. Desire and lust don’t know that the bank account is empty.

There is something that captures our attention and gets us thinking about it more often than we should.

In Psalms 37:4 we are told to take delight in the Lord and He will give us our heart’s desires. Notice in today’s passage that our desires are directly linked to our treasure. What is our treasure? It is anything or anyone that carries great value in our eyes. So much value that we are inclined to give it our full attention above all else.

It consumes our thinking and impacts our planning. It is something we incorporate into our conversation. We day dream about it and imagine life with it. It is captivating and controlling.

We believe our treasure is in heaven but we want to spend some of it now. We are so inclined to always associate the word treasure with wealth and money. This shows how messed up our thinking really is.

The world dangles all the carrots in front of our eyes. We are easily distracted by them and settle for temporary satisfaction rather than eternal security. Drawing closer to the Lord has not resulted in me completely changing my mind about the things I may have desired most but it has allowed me to prioritize them and see their real worth and value.

I have had many “promises of success” come and then go.  From that point I decided to go treasure hunting and knew exactly where to start…

“Christ’s riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in” Thomas Goodwin

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