Joy Davidman (1915-1960) said…
We sometimes come to God, not because we love Him best, but because we love our possessions best; we ask Christ to "save Western civilization," without asking ourselves whether it is entirely a civilization that Christ could want to save. We pray, too often, not to do God's will, but to enlist God's assistance in maintaining our "continually increasing consumption." And yet, though Christ promised that God would feed us, he never promised that God would stuff us to bursting (Smoke on the Mountain -1955)
Matthew 6:19 ‘‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 25 ‘‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
In 1797 William Wilberforce wrote his classic work, Real Christianity. In it he wrote that God insists to set up his throne in our hearts and reign in it, without a rival. He says, ‘If we keep Him from His right, it will not matter by what competitor.’
Wilberforce wanted to emphasise the absolute authority of God over our lives. There are so many things that could take God's place on the throne of our lives. You know your life. You know what it is. What is it that dominates your thinking? What is it that makes you make certain choices and decisions? If you have to rely on something in the final instance, what would it be? Where do you find your ultimate security?
If you and I honestly think about these questions, the quotation of Joy Davidman above also makes sense. What do we ask when we pray? Do we pray that the Lord will maintain the status quo in our lives? Do we pray that He will maintain our lifestyle so that those things for which we are slaving will continue to take the place of God on the throne of our hearts?
Jesus emphasised that a treasure takes over our hearts. Your heart will always be with your treasure. If God is not that treasure, our heart is sold to another treasure. It is not possible to have two treasures. Two treasures divide your attention and your heart. God does not share the throne of our lives with another Lord.
True worship is born when our entire focus, our whole life is taken up by the King of the Kingdom. The King is able to take care of us and give us what we need. He takes care of food and clothing.
Worry about tomorrow is therefore unnecessary. We may do well to stop using God to maintain our good life. It is a sign of unbelief. True faith and worship is to give up your right to have your kingdom built and extended. This is to lose your heart on Him and His cause.
Lord, teach me to serve you with sincerity and devotion, in Jesus’ name. Amen.