In Haggai, God directed His attention to the fact that the people had grown lax in rebuilding and supporting the work of the temple, so He asked, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?” (Hag. 1:4, NAS) Their hearts were centered on themselves, not on Him. Esau was downcast because his offering did not receive the Lord’s favor…but Esau’s heart was centered on himself, not on God. Paul encouraged the Ephesians not to be foolish, not to “lack sense, judgment, or discretion” (Merriam-Webster online) so that their hearts would remain steady, focused on God and full of the Holy Spirit.
John Belt, founder of Overflow Global Ministries and musician-leader in the soaking-worship genre, writes, “What we hold in high honor, what we put a value on and what we respect determines where we will spend our time…Cain did not bring something his heart was connected to…our heart needs to be intimately connected with what we give to the Lord…Time is valuable. When we give our time to something it reveals what we appreciate. Where we put our money shows what we think is important. Where our treasure is, there our heart is as well. Why? Because our money is something we highly value…”*
I feel some rumbling. What is “my way” that I need to consider? What “worlds” – mindsets, biases, expectations – are colliding as I “work out my salvation” with caution and prayer, making choices from the many options I face, daily? Belt continues, “Relationships take investment. Many would like to jump on the honeymoon cruise with God, but never got married. They never even went on a date! We cannot expect God to do much in our lives if we have not seen how much He values us…For us to make those investments we must see that value. If you are struggling to find quality time with God, it may be that you need to see ‘the value’ of investing in the relationship.”*
I think the collision has started…