Last Sunday, our campus pastor, Billy Phenix, delivered part 2 of the series I Heart ____. Throughout the series, we’ve looked at the matters of the heart. We aren’t talking about the physical heart, but the heart that oftentimes drives our emotions and decisions if we allow it to.
In the message, Billy used the parable of the rich young ruler and how he allowed good things to turn into ultimate things.
We know how the story goes. The rich young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus responds and says, “You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother” (Mark 10:19 NIV).
The young man responded, “All these I have kept since I was a boy” (Mark 10:20 NIV).
“One thing you lack,” he [Jesus] said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21 NIV).
“At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (Mark 10:22 NIV).
Jesus saw that what was good—the rich man’s wealth—had become ultimate.
In the same way, Jesus looks into your heart and my heart and asks, “What good things in your life have become ultimate things?”
Here are three questions to help you to discover that answer:
- Where do I direct most of my attention, time, and money?
- What controls my moods and emotions?
- What fuels my fantasies and deepest fears?