The Treasures in Your Heart

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. ~Luke 2:19

Luke gave us this insight into Mary’s heart right after the account of the visiting shepherds. Scripture does not tell us at what times of Mary’s life these things would be brought to mind but no doubt there were lonely times when she needed reassurance. It appears that Joseph must have died sometime in the adolescence of Jesus. How often did she revisit her experience with this child of hers that was more than just a child. During the three days between the cross and the resurrection I wonder if Mary pondered those treasures in her heart? Did they bring her comfort in her distress? Courage in her fearful moments?

Like Mary, Christians have had experiences with Christ.  Have you treasured these things in your heart? Maybe it was the first time you read the Bible and realized this is God’s Word for you personally. One of those treasures might be the best kool-aid and cookies in the universe at Vacation Bible School where you learned about His love for you. Was it a moment at Bible camp where your heart began to break over your own sin, and then received the healing balm of His grace and mercy? The waters of baptism washing over your face and then the sudden emerging into a new life…this is a treasure. Throughout your life there have been many experiences with Christ that you have stored away in your heart.

When is the last time you have pondered these experiences?

When you are tempted to give in to sin once again, why not take a moment to revisit one of those moments when Christ seemed so alive? The Enemy works hard to make you feel far away from the Father. He hopes you will forget what God has done for you.

1. When you are about to give up on an important relationship, contemplate the many times that Christ remained with you even though you failed Him so often. In doing so, He has demonstrated the grace that is needed for your relationships to be repaired.

2. When you are moved to anger with a friend or coworker, meditate on the way that Christ has rescued you from God’s wrath. You can remember the disappointment you had in yourself as you flailed in your faith, yet God did not destroy you. (A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out… ~Matthew 12:20)

3. When your faith seems weak and distant, can you remember the inner energy you felt when you confessed His name and were plunged into the blood of the Lamb? That was not childish enthusiasm. It was God at work in your heart.

I wonder if the reason so many Christians give up is that they have failed to examine the treasures in their heart and ponder them.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.~Ephesians 3:16-17a

The mother of the Christ-child teaches us that the strength to journey through a life of trials and struggles is to treasure in our hearts the experiences we have had with Christ and to ponder them.

  • Pray about them, asking God to give you a crystal clear memory.
  • Write them down, keeping them near you.
  • Read them often, revel in the riches of God’s mercy and grace.
  • Compare them to the empty promises of the Adversary.

Trust that the Christ who provided those enlivening experiences can provide all you need until you make it through to the final victory.