The Undivided Heart

What is your heart’s all consuming focus? Do you have one? Do you have a single-hearted focus or is your heart anxious and troubled about many things? Is it filled with an abundance of “good things” that undermine the most important one thing? (Visualize Martha and Mary.)

As we’ve been studying the book of Colossians, we’ve seen Paul’s “undivided heart.” Paul’s heart was single-focused on spreading God’s glory through sharing the gospel message. As he sits in the Roman prison penning this letter, it is for the purpose of sharing the gospel with Rome. Paul’s one focus was letting others see the risen Christ at work through his life and sharing how they could be set free from their bondage to sin.

Is that your focus?

What opportunities is God giving you to display what He is like; to display that He is what your heart most treasures?

How distracted are you from the primary purpose of spreading God’s glory?

Paul wasn’t “super human,” he faced physical struggle, had challenges and difficult obstacles, dealt with conflicts (even among his closest friends), and had a “busy” schedule as he was constantly pouring out his life as a “living sacrifice.” At times Paul had to hold down a job to provide for his needs. He had to get involved with messy church disagreements. He had travel issues, time constraints, and pressures of life that butted heads with the calling of his life. But through it all . . . Paul’s focus never wavered. He looked for every opportunity to share the gospel.

Paul never got over the fact that his sins were forgiven, that mercy was poured out on him and that he was “delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.”

Have you grown a bit cold in your passion and urgency to spread the gospel?

If so, it may be that other things—even good things—have captured your heart’s full attention. Ask God to open your eyes to what your heart holds most dear. Is it Christ or is it . . . financial security, comfort, vocational success, your children’s academic accomplishments, your social status . . . what consumes the bulk of your time, thoughts, concerns, and finances? That is what holds your heart.

Remember what Jesus said about how we could determine what holds our hearts?

[box]“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:20–21)[/box]

What are you treasuring? What holds your heart?

Are you treasuring Christ?

I love what Pastor John Piper said about this:

[box]“The ultimate goal of life is that God be displayed as glorious . . . the way we glorify Him is by knowing Him truly, by treasuring Him above all things, and by living in a way that shows He is our supreme treasure.”[/box]

Paul lived in a way that showed that Christ was his supreme treasure. There was no doubt what consumed his heart. The love of Christ and the desire to invite others to experience that love was the undivided focus that directed his life choices.

What do you treasure?

As you read through Colossians chapter four again, read it with this in mind: Everything in Paul’s life flowed from his undivided heart focused on sharing the gospel. Note every time in this chapter that you see evidence of that.

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