Luke writes, “For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also” (Lk. 12:34). May I ask you, where is your heart? If you happen to come across the little book Ezra in the Bible, you will know Ezra’s heart: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statures and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). The Bible declares that David was a man after God’s own heart. I would say that Ezra was also a man after God’s own heart for that is clearly stated in Ezra 7:10. Are you a man/woman after God’s own heart?
When the text says that Ezra “had set his heart” that can be translated as “has devoted himself.” We know in Hebrew culture the heart represents the whole being. Ezra whole person was committed to studying the law of the LORD. In other words, Ezra committed his whole being to carefully search God’s word for his own benefit and for the benefit of Israel. He studied the writes to know God for himself so that he could put it into practice then teach the people of Israel. Do we carefully search God’s word for our own spiritual benefit?
Ezra did not stop at studying God’s word. He goes on to practice God’s word. Simply put, he put into action what he learned through the careful devotion of God’s word. He is a doer of God’s Word. He is the second man in the book of James. What type of man are we? The man who studies God’s word but not a doer or are we the man that studies and put it into action?
Lastly, Ezra taught God’s word to the children of Israel. Not many are called to be teachers, but if you are called, then you need to teach God’s word to your people. You cannot do this last step without the former two. Each step is interdependent upon one another. Faithfully teach God’s word. Do not water it down. Give theology to your people. Feed your sheep instead of giving them ten steps to a better relationship. Give them biblical truths instead of peddling how to date. Teach your people to live holy lives instead of confusing them with social agendas. Preach the Word!
“For where you treasures is, there your heart will be also” (Lk. 12:34). Is our treasure the Lord? If so will we set our hearts to study the Law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statures and ordinances to our people? May God help us.