As a Christian, I want a heart devoted to God, a heart to speak clearly, confidently and unapologetically about Jesus. I long to lift my hands in praise when moved by a song, unconcerned what others think. I want to generously give God the glory for the good times and feel peace and serenity in times of trouble. I want to be ALL-IN. Imagine my delight to discover God Himself places this eagerness directly in my heart!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
To me, when Solomon writes, “God has put eternity in our hearts”, it means a desire for God – a longing and yearning for something more, more than we see around us, more than ourselves. What does it look like to turn this longing and yearning toward God?
Maybe it looks like this when Jesus told us our hearts actually follow our treasure:
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Simple enough. Or is it? In The Treasure Principal, Randy Alcorn explains this concept with an analogy. If you buy stock in Google, suddenly you’re interested in Google. You watch the stock price and you read the latest news about Google. If you’re a nerd, like me, you even study the annual report. It’s the same with Jesus, if we invest in Him, we become more interested in Him. But where do we invest in Jesus?
Paul helps us answer the question when he defines the church as the bride of Christ and His very heart:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ gave HIMSELF because of his deep love for us, the church. He gave it all. There was nothing left to give. That’s what I call ALL-IN! How can we not follow His lead, investing in what is most important to Him – the church? We have a wonderful opportunity to invest in Jesus through OUR church!
When we invest in Jesus, through our church, our heart and love for Jesus naturally grows. How can it not? Pray and ask God to show you how he wants you to invest in your church. Keep your eyes open for opportunities He has uniquely prepared for you. When you sense God’s leading, act, right away. It’s a step you’ll never regret.
How is God working in your heart to invest in Jesus? Have you seen this progression from investment to passion in your own life? Where you’ve put forth the action and your heart followed suit? I’d love to hear your story.