pastor's article 04-14-24

What is the secret to a strong relationship with your spouse? Most people get married thinking that the passionate feelings they have for each other will carry them through any hardships that they face, but we know that the problem with feelings is that they change. The way I feel today will change with the things and circumstances of my life. Life is fluid and so are emotions and feelings; therefore, I need a better plan if I want a life that overcomes the fickle feelings of humanity. How can I be a committed, steadfast, and unmovable person that lives life with a constant commitment of love and dependability?

The answer to strong, solid, dependable living is investment. That’s right, learning to invest in the areas of my life that I want to be committed to is the secret to remaining passionate and devoted. Listen to how Jesus explains it: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Mt 6:19–24

Jesus was telling us to lay our treasures up in heaven, and when we do, our heart is focused on eternity and not this world. He also reminds us that what we look at determines what we live for. If you try to live for this world, you will despise the Lord, and if you choose to live for the Lord, you will despise this world. In other words, invest in what you want to love. You get to decide what you commit your life to; therefore, choose wisely.
Rev. Wayne Marcus