“A good person produces good out of the good stored up in their heart.” Luke 6:45b
Godiva chocolate could arguably be the most famous chocolate in the world. A family owned company that originated in Brussels in 1926, they know chocolate. Although the company is not privately owned any longer, they still use recipes from Pierre Drapps, the founder. They have five chocolatiers who work endlessly to find new chocolate recipes, taking over a year to develop in some cases. When you unwrap the gold foil from a piece of Godiva chocolate, do you know what you will find? Pure Chocolate made from the best ingredients.
What you put in is what you get out. If you want good to come out, you have to put good in…whether it’s chocolate or your heart. It all comes down to what you put into it.
Jesus gave us the recipe for a good heart years ago: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NIV). Godiva chocolate treasures only the best ingredients. They scour the world looking for the right cocoa trees to use to create their chocolate. They hire the best in the business to develop it. They have created a standard for their product that few can compete. When you taste the creamy deliciousness on your tongue, you have no doubt the effort that has been put into it. It is easy to identify their treasure.
In the same way, it is easy to identify what we treasure. If we treasure Jesus, we’ll be like Godiva. We’ll scour the scriptures daily for words to live by and apply to our lives. We’ll have daily conversations with God, inviting Him into our lives, asking Him to direct our paths. We’ll know Jesus intimately, we’ll see others through His eyes, filled with a love that can only come from above. We’ll walk with Him, talk with Him, be with Him daily. We will fill our heart with Jesus, and when we do, good will come from it. His goodness will overflow from us into the world around us. As people get to know us better, they’ll get to know Him better. They will find His love and acceptance as we embrace them into our lives.
From the good that we put into our hearts, just like Godiva chocolate, good will come out of it. Godiva wraps their chocolates in gold, God has wrapped us in a much more elaborate package: His love.