Monday, September 28, 2009

LAY NOT UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES UPON EARTH


“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
(Matthew 6:19-20)

No matter how much we accumulate of material goods and money in this life, no matter how much we gain of fame and recognition, they will either eventually leave us or we will leave them in death. Either way, it is loss. Our only hope is to seek, find, and store for ourselves “treasures in heaven.”

How do we do this?

Is it by seeking to work our way into heaven or earn the blessings of heaven by our works?

NO!

The way we do this is to seek, find, store our whole selves up in the Lord Jesus Christ, “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

Real eternal and incorruptible treasure is found in a glorious Person (Christ) not in the things of this world.

All who are in Him possess “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:4).

It is a treasure and inheritance that includes the forgiveness of all our sins by His precious blood, an everlasting righteousness of infinite value whereby sinners can be eternally justified before God, have eternal and spiritual life from God whereby we are given true knowledge that leads us to believe and rest in Christ for all salvation.

This precious treasure may bring the criticism and even hatred of the world upon us, but Moses esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt” (Hebrews 11:26).

Moses knew that the treasures in Egypt would eventually perish, but the sinner saved by God’s grace in Christ will never perish and neither will all he possesses in Christ.

By Bill Parker

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