The Waiting Room
Thursday, December 7
Robby Cella, Director of Youth Programs at Roswell Presbyterian Church
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21 (NRSV)
Late one Wednesday night, I was reading a book by James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love. He argues that discipleship to Jesus is less about filling our brains with knowledge and more about training our hearts to love him through our habits. He follows in the footsteps of a great old saint of the church, Augustine of Hippo. For Smith and for Augustine, humans are primarily driven and defined by our loves. That's why Jesus can so rightly proclaim that, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
So then, Smith writes: "To be human is to have a heart. You can't not love. So the question isn't whether you will love something as ultimate; the question is what you will love as ultimate. And you are what you love."
You treasure what you love, you love what you treasure; and by extension our lives get oriented around these treasures.
So, I'm sitting on my couch, reading this late one Wednesday night, and I'm totally blindsided by this realization that I don't love Jesus nearly as much as I know about Jesus. I mean, I know a lot about Jesus, but I was burdened by the realization that I don't love Jesus nearly as much as I'd like to think. My heart and treasure often lay elsewhere.
But even that realization flickers an awakening in my heart to its true home and true purpose. And as I look to this Advent season, I'm encouraged to know that this special time is an opportunity to re-orient my heart toward Jesus. Advent is a habit. It, along with the entire church calendar, creates a habit, a rhythm to our lives. This habit trains our hearts to treasure Jesus. It is with that in mind that I eagerly and thankfully take my place in this community of faith that seeks to corporately re-orient our lives around the coming King - Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.
May each of us seek him with all our hearts this season. For, as Augustine reminds us, "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee, Lord."
Lord, in this Advent season, convict our wandering hearts and ignite in us a love that draws us out of ourselves and into you. Form us in this season as we expectantly wait the coming of Christ into the world. Amen.
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