Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 20)
Your Treasure Chest
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
Jesus introduces His followers to a whole new banking system. Deposits to our personal accounts are made by acts of charity, faith and love. Assets are guaranteed safe, and a supernatural interest system is in place--set up by Him 'Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us' (Ephesians 3:20).
Here's how God's banking system works: 'Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you' (Luke 6:38). When we give generously to those in need--by way of resources, time or talents, God gives it back to us. But God's generosity, like everything about God, far exceeds our own. His returns are beyond measure.
Consider Paul's last message on his last reported mission trip--before heading to arrest in Jerusalem and imprisonment in Rome:
'I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the Words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' '
'And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more' (Acts 20:35-38). Was this message of giving love in every way the summary of Paul's teaching?
Yes! Because it was the summary of Jesus' teaching: ' 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great Commandment. And the Second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets' (Matthew 22:37-40).
Then Jesus hung upon a cross to bring the point Home. The point being love--as in His love for us. The home being Heaven--as in His way for us.
Remember: we are not only blessed in Heaven by our savings account--but also on earth. (Will we need assets in Heaven? I don't know, but I do know our assets stored there can be released here.) When King David was on the run, He trusted God's provision was on the run to him: 'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13). And so he did. And so will you.
If your heart is for God, your mouth and actions will reveal it. So, put your money where your mouth is.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.