Whether it is over-eating, under-eating, wrong eating, or slothfulness–when we set our minds on the things of the flesh, we are walking away from the gracious gift of life and peace Christ offers us. It is written, “Where your treasure is your heart will be also.” This does not have to relate only to money. As we follow Christ, we must desire to refocus our minds on the things of the Spirit which will allow Him to set our hearts aflame for what is eternal. But first we must allow the Spirit to lead us on the trail of our elusive “treasure” and see what is inside the box.
It does not take much to unearth it–a deep desire that shows itself in our choices, in our actions, and in our thoughts. The actions of our lives crack the lock and let us peer inside. When it comes to living in a healthy and God-honouring way, most of us will discover a wealth of laziness, misplaced desire, lust, self-indulgence, lack of restraint, ingratitude, an ignorance of God’s power and majesty, and a deep desire to control our own lives.
These are all fleshly things, and these are the types of hidden sins that direct our action or inaction as we try to navigate a healthy, God-honouring lifestyle. What I have stated before, can never be overstated to any of us, we cannot change the flame of our hearts ourselves, but we know Who can, and Who, according to His sovereign promises to us, desires to do so according to His great will.
Let us pray and allow Him to bring to light the darkened hidden treasures that we have tucked away in our hearts. Let Him expose them to the light of His presence, and turn our broken pieces into silver, and our rebelliousness into gold.
So today, let us ask the Lord to lead us on a treasure hunt, as we solemnly contemplate the words of Romans 8:1, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”