July 3, 2018
Matthew 12:35-37… The good person, out of his good treasure, brings forth good; the evil person, out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil. I tell you, on the Day of Judgment, people will give account for every careless word they speak. For by your words, you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Jesus spoke this regarding our words. He did not belittle our actions but put the emphasis where it needed to be for this teaching. The final phrase of verse 34 which led into this teaching was, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
In another place, Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
What do you treasure? What you treasure will affect the words you speak. We treasure things in our hearts. One way to find out what you treasure is to pay attention to what you say. For out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth will speak. I have noticed a weakness in me. Are you ready? … I used to ride dirt bikes a lot. I rode enough to be a contender in motocross races. I have not ridden since my first hip surgery… in 2010; but I still talk about riding as if it is currently real to me. I must be treasuring memories.
We often talk about memories. That is not an evil thing. But, what are we not talking about? Have we stored any treasures about God? A stored treasure is a memory that we choose to keep and get excited about. I have a friend who talks a lot about what God has done in his life and what he is still doing in others. Our friendship is a regular reminder that I need to dig into my memories and find the treasures that God has put there. If they aren’t readily available as wonderful memories, perhaps I have buried them under stuff like motocross.
Motocross is not evil. But anything that distracts us from God, serves the intentions of evil in the world. Even seemingly good things… like giving to missions, can distract us from God by putting the emphasis on our works.
Philippians 3;7… (Paul speaking)… But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Check your treasury.