“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
Pick-pockets know the currency of the mind is not measured in dollars and cents, but in attention and focus. A man displayed this by stealing a watch, handkerchief, cell phone, and wallet by focusing a person’s attention on pulling a silver spoon out of a pocket. Your brain and body create a perceived reality based on the foundation of what your focus is. This is a great truth spiritually if you take advantage of it, but if neglected, you could lose your life in distraction.
Many have their life pick-pocketed by misplaced attention to details that the Devil really is in. Life then evaporates into distraction. Jesus says, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”(Matthew 7:14). When Jesus uses words like, ‘narrow’ and ‘few’ it’s easy to get exasperated. But focus is narrow, and attention can only be on one thing (think ‘few’). The promise of God is that if we keep in step with the Spirit of God, our life will be lived, not stolen.
Ask God where the treasure of your heart is because the heart always follows what it treasures with the currency of attention/focus. Your heart is either in tune with God, or the Devil’s custom-made spoons for you. I battle this myself. It’s so easy for me to focus on things like getting ahead financially, gaining traction in my career, and the worst and most elusive of all… living out my purpose. All those are great things, but I won’t ever experience them in the right context if my relationship with God is not the focus and fulcrum of life. Your purpose can actually become idolatry if that becomes the focus. Ask God to help you find a way to make relating to him your greatest treasure.
By Aaron F. Jeffers