a spiritual EKG, pt.1

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17, CEB)

This week we began our Extravagant Generosity emphasis, which will take us into early November. Yesterday we explored how your heart follows the location of your treasure. The things you think about, the way you feel about them, and how your creative energy feeds you reveals so much about your priorities in life. God wants your focus to be on Him, so you need to direct your eyes in such a way your heart follows.

An EKG test is used by physicians to test the health of your heart. Leads are used to measure the electrical waves created by your heart as it pumps blood through your body. It tracks how your heart pumps so it can measure the output. What is specifically looks for is the strength and timing of the beats.

Moving beyond cardiology, a spiritual EKG can also test how you view generosity and ministry. It can track how you receive your blessings in life, and not just for your sake, but others. Focusing on what we bring in today, I love how we read that God gives us blessings so we can enjoy life. Tracking your treasure and heart, though, requires you to recognize that all things do come from God. He blesses you so you can enjoy life, but not make those things your idol.

How are you tracking the blessings that come into your life? God wants you to enjoy them but not worship them. Know and remember that all things come from Him. May that drive your hope and change the way you look at life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts and blessings you give me in life. Forgive me for the times I see my blessings and start to worship them as opposed to you who gave them to me. I want to enjoy my blessings, but more importantly, the One who gave them to me. I lift this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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