I am going to take a crack at this, but I still don't have very good language for what I want to share so forgive me if this is....vague. The human heart is said by the scriptures to be deceitfully wicked. We cannot understand why we do what we do. Ask any child when they do something wrong why they did what they did and you will invariably get the same answer, “I don’t know”. They aren’t just being stubborn they really don’t! I am convinced that no one knows why they do what they do. We don’t know because we don’t know our own hearts.
Proverbs says, “as a man thinks in his heart so is he” and Jesus said “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
The issue here is our hearts! What about our hearts? What makes our hearts think the way they do? Jesus said it very simply. “Where your TREASURE is there your heart will be also”
The treasure of our hearts is what controls our hearts and our hearts come everything we say and do. So it is simple control the treasure of your heart and you control yourself.
That is why the first commandment is what it is. Love the Lord with all of your heart is a statement pointed directly at the seat of our being. It is the first and greatest command of God to man that ALL that we are be given over in love for God. Now we get to the title of this little post. “The Value of God”. Our lives will speak of how much we value God. Is He the treasure of our hearts? The Bible reveals God to be worth more than all the things, and people in the universe. It is His value that upholds the universe in existence. He is infinitely valuable and we MUST see Him as such! Until we do we will ever be idolaters. I heard from a very wise man recently that “Christian maturity is the measure of how much we have come out of idolatry.”
This is simple, basic Christianity but I think it goes way deeper than I ever understood it to go. We will only obey and live to honor God to the extent that God is our treasure. As Jesus said, “if you love me you will obey my commands”. This must then become the central driving force of my life. To make the Lord my highest treasure. I don’t have a how to on this, but my guess is that if we come to see Him as He is we will have no trouble treasuring Him as we ought!
Oh God show me yourself that I might make you my highest treasure. That you and you alone would be the desire of my wicked heart all the minutes of the days of my life!