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Fall Letter from the 2019 President
Everybody worships something. It’s what the Priority Talk is all about. What do we often think about? What do we spend our time on? Where do we spend our money? What is it that drives you? What is it that you really rely on? We all have something at the emotional center of our heart. And since we are Christians, we all know the right answer – it’s Jesus! He is our priority.
It’s easy to say, but maybe not quite so easy to make it the truth. God has given us so many good things. It’s extremely easy to take a very good thing – like our spouse, our kids, our ministry – and make it the ultimate thing. And of course, that’s a big problem. If we’ve made that good thing the center of our heart, then if we lose that thing, or something doesn’t go quite right with it, we run the risk of being angry, despondent, or petrified with fear. Mathew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What do you treasure most? Proverbs 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
It’s easy to say, but hard to do. How do we ensure that Jesus is truly the emotional center of our heart? One thing that helps is to truly understand the price that was paid to redeem us. It was an infinite price – a price we could not pay. We did nothing to deserve this redemption. And yet God loved us so much, He intentionally entered our time and space to pay the penalty for us. If we can move from a place where God and this idea are a concept, to a point where God and His grace are a reality, we will be much less likely to make something other than Him the emotional center of our heart. And when He is the center, then when things go wrong, we might have some anger, but we won’t be bitter. We may be disappointed, but we won’t be despondent. We may be concerned, but we won’t be petrified.
Matthew 13:45-46 – “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” We have all found THE Pearl of Great Price. Let’s all go and sell all that we have, so that we can have HIM!