I have heard this scripture preached, sung, spoken, and I’ve read it several times through the years. I would hate to say that I have become desensitized to it, thinking that I know right where my treasure is, but do I? Do you? Or are you experiencing spiritual arteriosclerosis? Arteriosclerosis is a heart disease that causes hardening of the arteries in your heart and they become clogged and can cause death if not treated. Today I want to talk to you about spiritual arteriosclerosis or a hardening of heart. What is clogging the spiritual pathways of your heart and preventing you from putting God first in your life?
Where do you spend the largest amount of your time during the day? If you work outside of the home, let’s ask, “What do you do with the rest of your time?” I can pretty much tell you on any given day how my day begins, what I am doing during the day and how it will end. Though life can be much more unpredictable than that, I have developed a routine in my earlier years that has sustained me through life’s unpredictable moments. My routine consists of prayer, bible reading, meditation, and including God in every part of my day.
Now I am not perfect, though it may seem I am disciplined and focused. The routine above, due to my schedule or other’s needs may vary in that order, but for the most part, these are things that are accomplished in my daily life. What does your daily routine tell others about you? Are you racing through life and throwing up a brief prayer or two hoping that God agrees with your plans? If you keep running at such a pace, you might find yourself on spiritual life support, suffering from severe spiritual arteriosclerosis. When this happens your judgment is clouded by everything else in your
life what you have deemed your purpose in life is often the opposite of what you were created for.
Just like you, I have other responsibilities, but the ones mentioned above are my priorities. Let me ask you, “What takes up the majority of your day?” If you already know, then that is where your treasure is and what your heart is following after? You may need to make adjustments if you find less time to hear from God. If your life is clogged up with priorities that take you away from hearing His will for your life, you are in the red zone of spiritual arteriosclerosis, and headed for a major heart problem and possible death. Jesus spoke frequently about the condition of the heart. We all are different, but I do know this one truth; God must be the one treasure that we pursue if we want our heart to be right with Him. God bless you!