“Treasure in Heaven”
I dare say that most of us are very familiar with the story of the “rich, young ruler”.
Ask the Spirit to reveal…
And someone came to Him and said,
“Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?”
And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good?
There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Then he said to Him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus said,
“YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER;
YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY;
YOU SHALL NOT STEAL;
YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS;
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER;
and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving;
for he was one who owned much property.
The man came to Jesus.
He knew that Jesus was a teacher…a rabbi.
The man sought an answer to a question…
”what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?”
Note the mindset…
- good thing
- I shall do
- to obtain
He expected an answer oriented around the good work of man.
Many religionists are the same today.
They think their good works…their good activity…their good deeds…will provide entry into the Kingdom.
Such is not so.
What do you think?
…to be continued…
“Treasure of a Good Word”
The treasure of our heart is revealed in what we say.
Heed the Word of the Lord…
“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good?
For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
“The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good;
and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak,
they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
If that which is in us is good, then good will be spoken, exhibited, manifest.
If that which is in us is evil, then evil will be spoken, exhibited, manifest.
The mouth speaks that which fills the heart.
Then this serious…serious…statement…
“I tell you that every careless word that people speak,
they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgments.
We will be held responsible.
By our words we will be justified.
By our words we will be condemned.
Have you spoken the “word of justification”?
Have you called upon the name of the Lord?
Have you confessed sin?
Have you repented unto salvation?
By such words one is justified.
The word of unbelief will bring condemnation.
We all choose…
“Things of Earth/Heaven”
We have been looking at what the Word says about “treasure”.
Forget not what the Lord said in what we call the “Sermon on the Mount”.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is your “treasure”?
Things of earth?
Things of heaven?
What are you “storing up”?
Things of earth?
Things of heaven?
The treasures of earth will be…
- eaten by moth
- destroyed by rust
- stolen by thieves
They will come to an end.
The treasures of heaven will not be…
They last for eternity.
Where is your heart?
Do not lie to yourself.
The Lord knows.
Be certain that your treasure is in heaven.
Be certain your heart is where it should be.
“In That Day - the Lord!”
Let’s finish the thought in Isaiah 33.
The prophet is seeing things yet to come.
Some will be fulfilled in the near future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some will be fulfilled in the distant future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some will be fulfilled in the far future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some has been fulfilled from our time.
Some has yet to be fulfilled.
Such is the way of the prophetic Word of the Lord.
Give close attention to “people of a stammering tongue”…
Note what we learn about the Lord…
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will behold a far-distant land.
Your heart will meditate on terror:
“Where is he who counts?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?”
You will no longer see a fierce people,
A people of unintelligible speech which no one comprehends,
Of a stammering tongue which no one understands.
Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation,
A tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
But there the majestic One, the LORD, will be for us
A place of rivers and wide canals
On which no boat with oars will go,
And on which no mighty ship will pass—
For the LORD is our judge,
The LORD is our lawgiver,
The LORD is our king;
He will save us—
Your tackle hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;
The lame will take the plunder.
And no resident will say, “I am sick”;
The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
The day will come…
- When a King will be seen
- When terror will be no more
- When a fierce people will no longer be known
- When Jerusalem will be undisturbed (and restored)…forever
- The Majestic One
- Will be for us
- Our Judge
- Our Lawgiver
- Our King
- Will save us
Press on to that day!