Friday, October 7th, 2011
Your Bank Account
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Many people have two bank accounts. If asked, they might say 'savings and checking, and neither one is looking good right now. My retirement funds are half of what they were before this recession.' They shake their heads and sympathize with each other about the mutual decline of their various assets.
Jesus speaks of a more important account. It is active, and a reconciliation is coming. 'After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them' (Matthew 25:19). Like the one at your bank, this account has your name on it.
Unlike the one at the bank, this account is written in blood by your Redeemer. It's your biggest asset, and it has nothing to do with the world's economy.
Even so, national recession and personal depression present great opportunities to make deposits and withdrawals. The heavenly market is hot right now!
It's your faith account. 'Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven' (Matthew 6:20). Making daily deposits is necessary because daily withdrawals may also be necessary. You do not want this account to bounce. Running at a deficit in your faith account means your life is out of balance.
It is then that Satan steps in with a friendly face to give you a loan. He offers 'no interest' for 90 days or even longer, but repayment becomes impossible. Your very life is in bondage, and everyone around you is affected.
Thank God that Jesus is willing to repay your loan in full at any time. However, even Christians can forget their heavenly account, and their lives become overdrawn.
Therefore, make continual deposits by seeking God in His Word, prayer, worship, fellowship, and by faithfully following the path to which you are called. Make deposits by giving, tithing, and helping others--especially in private. Make deposits by positive words and actions.
When you grow your faith account, funds are always available for withdrawal. As an added value, God doesn't just give you what you need; He gives you what you want. 'Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4).