Have you ever realized, after the fact, that you have made a mistake? Have you told the Lord that your heart breaks because of if? You don’t own your failure. It belongs to Him. Everything you are belongs to Him so your failure also belongs to Him. You can’t keep that failure festering and hurting inside your heart until every sense of worth is destroyed. The “what-if” you ask yourself will only bind you to that failure. Being consumed with that failure and what might have been only places your failure on a pedestal instead of placing it on His altar. When that failure is idolized, it, unknowingly, becomes your treasure.
Consider today’s verse from Bible Gateway—in what some might consider a non-traditional light—and how your inability to place your failure on the altar, keeps that failure always in your mind until you have made it your “treasure”. It is not just the possessions you treasure on earth that can destroy you. The inability to forgive what God has forgiven— this “idol” that pervades your mind can destroy you, too.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:19-21, NLT).
Don’t keep hanging on to what might have been if you hadn’t made that mistake. Lay that “idol” on His altar, where the enemy can’t come and destroy your faith. At His altar, the Lord becomes your focus instead of your failure. His altar becomes your treasure. His gift on Calvary becomes your treasure. Make Jesus your treasure and make your failure an offering, so you can learn from it, and not be consumed with it. You have a treasure of forgiveness fresh from heaven. It is something no one can break in and steal from you.
©2018 Lynn Lacher