For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
One of the best pieces of golf advice one can give is to “keep it in the fairway.” And if you can’t keep your ball in the fairway, avoid hitting it out of bounds. A golfer is inevitably going to score better if he or she keeps the ball in play. Time and strokes are wasted on penalty shots and punching out of trees. As we all know, the game isn’t too much fun when it is played in the wrong fairway or under tree limbs.
It is written that Jesus only left his home land one time. This departure was when Joseph took Jesus to Egypt to escape the edict of Herod in Matthew 2:13. Jesus knew the importance of his “localized” ministry and the things that needed to be done “around home.” As many who later who spread the gospel to the much of the world soon found out, traveling takes time.
I love to travel as much as the next person, but I find myself quickly longing for home after just a couple of days. We are closer to our loved ones, they are closer to us and we are on hand if anything is needed. The same is true with our relationship with our Savior. He desires us to be “close to home.” It is there He can better reach us as the distractions are minimal. Further, the closer we abide with Him, the closer that He will abide with us. Consider much of our priorities when we are away from home. We have to make provision for lodging, food, and other logistics. These hurdles are not major factors when we are close to home. We can have greater focus on the main things.
Luke 12:34 gives the believer an unmistakable formula to measure our dedication. Our heart is going to be where we put our priority and our priority will be wherever we put our heart. We often hear the excuse that, “well, my heart just wasn’t in it.” Sadly, this reasoning is often placed as an excuse for parenting mistakes and broken marriages instead of just an evening spent at Lowe’s looking for countertops.
God wants us to give Him our whole heart and our full priority. This requirement is not merely a recommendation. Just like our families, God desires us to be close to home. Our children need their parents in close proximity. Work isn’t an excuse for limiting our available time for God or parenting. We often justify many of our “travelings” to needing a break from life. In 2 Timothy 2:22, we see proper placement of our priorities. “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” A physical or spiritual absence is a great hindrance to righteousness, faith, charity and peace. The further we drift away from a close proximity with Christ, the further we are away from righteousness, faith, charity and peace. I pray for the greater desire to be closer to home. This “home” is not an indwelling of this world and all it’s comforts, but it is an abode with our Savior. The grass is always pure in His fairway!