‘Faith gives substance to our hopes and convinces us of realities we do not see.’ – Hebrews 11:1
When our faith moves to hope and we are convinced, those convictions become our treasures and where our treasures are, that is where we find our heart. Think about Abraham leaving his home in Ur with his entire family to seek a land that had been promised. Then the following generations including Isaac and Jacob still walking that faith, in community that centred on God as their treasure, a place where they truly belonged. That faith gave them hope to wait for the promise at the end of the journey. That faith may have started as a grain of mustard seed, but touched by God became a foundation for the journey.
You can see why the love of the world excludes the love of the Father. Love of the world is egocentric, acquisitive, arrogant, ambitious, and absorbing, and leaves no place for any other kind of affection. It’s a full-time job to love the world. If our hope is placed there, on a world that will not last, best we book a bereavement moment because that experience will take place – because it boils down to only one question – will these worldly things leave us before our time comes to leave them.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” – Luke 12:32-40