Your Heart and Your Treasures

by Bill Denton

"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24).

"Your inner worship of Jesus will transform your outer life as well. A heart set upon God's Kingdom will bring your life into stark contrast with the false gods worshiped by this world."
The New Rebellion Handbook, p. 16

Have you ever thought that, just perhaps, worship is too stilted, too formal, too formula oriented? Maybe you are among those who prefer that kind of worship, for a lot of people seem to find comfort and security in a tamed atmosphere. They know what to expect, and for them it is easier to focus without the distractions of something ever-changing and never-predictable.

Still, if one of the effects of worship is that it transforms our lives, then it seems to me that worship must never become so standardized that it does not touch us, move us, or change us. By its very nature, worship connects us to God who is so far different from us, and it connects us to a power not available from the normal resources of life. There is nothing about worship that is common, or tame, or standardized. Worship draws us into the presence of God while at the same time invites God to stand among us.

Emotionalism, which can be either an over-reliance on emotion, or perhaps an abuse of emotion, has often been a negative thing that encourages a person to participate in things that may or may not be consistent with God's expressed will. While we should never allow our emotions to rule our lives uninformed by truth and thought, it is also possible that we can rob ourselves of the rich and wonderful expression of the human heart. God is not opposed to emotions. He created emotions. He gave us the ability to feel, to rejoice, to praise, to experience happiness, peace, excitement, tranquility, confidence and more. All these, and many other elements of life, involve, depend upon, use, or flow out of our emotions.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:20-21: "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Pay attention to that last verse. "Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also." Do you know what treasures are? They are things of value to us. They are important, vital, sometimes sacred. Nothing that significant exists without an emotional attachment or involvement. In fact, it could be said that unless we have an emotional tie with something, it will never really be a "treasure." Jesus knew that human hearts follow after treasures.

One reason today's worship does not always change lives the way it should is because for too long we have convinced ourselves that we must be stoic, staid, bland, and unemotional. It's time that our praise spring from hearts full of joy and thanksgiving, hearts overflowing with love, hearts full of God. Only then will our souls feed off things that have the power to change lives-our lives! Stop fearing your emotions. Inform them, then enjoy!

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