CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 8/16/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 6:21 “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts well also be.”

What do you treasure most in your life? Before you answer that, consider this. We treasure that which consumes our time, thoughts, and energy. We pursue diligently what we treasure. We treasure most what we work the hardest at obtaining. We consider our treasure to be worth whatever sacrifices we have to make in order to get it. What we treasure can change, depending on circumstances or stages of life.

If you were to rate the things you treasure most in life by the amount of time and energy you put into obtaining it on a scale of 1-10, where would the Lord rate? Are you more concerned about other things than you are the Lord? We can’t avoid seeking after other things in life, but are they of more value to us than the Lord? Be honest. What are you investing your life into obtaining?

We can profess our allegiance to Christ all we want to, but unless our words are backed up by our lives, they don’t mean a thing. The Lord knows where He fits into your life’s priorities, and so do you. Do you need to get your priorities straight?

Your heart is where your treasure is. What means the most to you: your spouse, children, job, hobbies, recreation, career, church, faith? You value the most what you do the most. You think about those things that you value the most. If the Lord is not your most valued treasure, your heart is not right with God.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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