What Are You Storing in Your Heart?
What Are You Storing in Your Heart?

What Are You Storing in Your Heart?

What Are You Storing in Your Heart?

A friend of mine in Little Rock owned a storage unit business. It’s something I’d never thought about, but learned much while listening to him during our workouts: the challenges of getting a resident caretaker, cleaning out abandoned units, and keeping good security. Overall though it was a good business to run and very profitable. In fact, it’s been one of the fastest growing businesses in the country for a while now. There are three and a half times more storage facilities than McDonald’s in the US. It seemed every time a lot was cleared in Little Rock, there was probably a storage facility going in. Why so popular? Because Americans love stuff.

The Bible talks about our hearts like a storage unit. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Like a storage unit, what you put in your heart is what will come out. That’s why our memory verse for the month is Matthew 12:34, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

And like a storage unit, the last thing to go into our hearts is likely the first thing to come out. You could have put some great things in the back years ago, but when you open the door, you’ll only easily see and have access to what is jammed in the front. Sometimes we open the door and don’t like what we see and just close it back up and keep jamming stuff in there!

One of my favorite phrases when it comes to habit building, which we talked about to start the year (watch first of four sermons here) is “incremental progress is still progress.” Meaning, even a really small improvement in an area is still a gain, and still valuable. That one new verse memorized, or that chapter in the Bible read, or asking for forgiveness over a small matter, even these little things build up over time. Because our hearts are like storehouses, what we store in them, no matter how small, that is what we have available to draw from when we need it. If we store up evil things, then evil things are what we have available. If we store up useless things, then that’s what we have available. And if we store up good things, these are what will be staring at us when we open the door.

This week, seek to store up God’s Word in your heart. Let it be front and center of your mind. Listen to our memory verse song playlists, and let God’s Word saturate your mind. Even what seems small, one song or one verse, it still adds up over time because “incremental progress is still progress.” As God’s Word is stored up, we grow in maturity and in our ability to witness to our neighbors, classmates, friends, and family for Christ in our communities all across the South End of Louisville.

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