What or Who Do You Treasure?

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV

“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.”

The things of this earth could be here today and gone tomorrow. A few days ago a tornado ripped through a town in Kentucky, USA, and destroyed many buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. And a friend of ours had their outdoor cooker explode on their porch and it burned down their home. They lost everything, as far as I can recall. So, hold lightly to the things of this world.

We never know what tomorrow or today will hold for us. We have little control over our future. We have some control, but ultimately all things are in the hands of God and our plans could come to nothing in an instant if they are not the plans of God. So, our hope should never be in the things or in the people of this world, for nothing here is forever.

The same applies to our health. I was doing fairly well until we had a mice invasion back in August and I got sick from breathing in the mice feces and urine. For mice carry sicknesses (viruses) with them. All of a sudden I was very ill, and four months later I still have some of the symptoms of the virus. And then my right knee went out on me a few weeks ago and now I am having to walk using a walker. I did not anticipate any of this happening.

So, don’t put your dependency in the things of this world for today you could lose your house, your property, your job, your health, family members, income, savings, and anything that is of this world and of these earthly bodies which are subject to failure. All this is temporary. And all of it could go away in an instant. So don’t spend all you have to accumulate stuff.

But it isn’t just that these things are temporary that we should not put our dependency or our hope in them or that we should not accumulate unnecessarily the stuff of this world and regard them as our treasures. We should not have any other gods before God and we shouldn’t have our dependency in the things of this life but only in the Lord.

And our focus should not be on the things of this world but on the things of God and of heaven and on things which are eternal and that are going to last forever. Our own eternal destiny depends on it, as well as others might, too. For we should be about God’s kingdom work, not building our own earthly kingdoms. And we should be about doing his will and sharing the gospel with others rather than focusing on entertaining ourselves.

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

If our spiritual eyesight (perceptiveness, judgment, discernment) is healthy (sound, whole; a single undivided focus without a secret double agenda), then our whole body (mind, body, heart, and soul) will be full of light (truth, righteousness).

In contrast, if our spiritual eyesight (judgment, discernment) is bad (evil, wicked, malicious, slothful), our whole being (body, mind, heart, and soul) will be full of darkness (absent of truth and righteousness, full of evil, wickedness, immorality, disobedience, and rebellion against God).

So, how do we get healthy eyes spiritually? How do we attain good judgment? We can’t do it ourselves. We can’t muster this up in our own flesh. We only get this via God-given faith in Jesus Christ – a faith which leads one to submit to Christ as Lord and to leave one’s sinful lifestyles behind him, and which directs him to walk in obedience to the Lord.

We naturally, by being born with sin natures, have poor spiritual eyesight. We, by nature, lack in good judgment and discernment, and we are absent of righteousness, and we are full of evil. But this should not describe us once we have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ and we have been born again of the Spirit of God. Now we should have new natures.

Now we should have good spiritual wisdom and discernment, and we should be making wise and spiritual choices for our lives. We should be no longer walking (in conduct, in practice) according to the flesh, but now we should be walking according to the Spirit, living holy lives pleasing to God. Now we should be choosing God’s choices for our lives and obeying them.

But if the light in us is darkness, what does that mean? Well, if the light is truth and righteousness and it is Jesus Christ and we claim to be a child of God and a devotee to Jesus Christ but we are still walking in the darkness, then the “light” that is within us is not true light but it is still darkness, for we haven’t truly come into the light for we are still walking in darkness.

So, we need to understand that faith in Jesus Christ is not just a free ride to heaven but it is a transformation of our minds and hearts, of the Spirit of God, away from living for sin and for self to desiring after our Lord and his righteousness. Now we want to obey our Lord, and we want to walk in his truth, and we no longer want to live in sin. Amen! Glory to God!

Matthew 6:24 ESV

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

This word translated here as “money” is not necessarily just money but it is anything in which we place our trust and confidence. It can be possessions, but it can also be intellect or talent or prestige or health or other people, or anything that is of this flesh and of this world that is temporary and that is passing away. Our trust is not to be in the things of this life.

So, the point of this, which fits with the whole of what is being talked about here, is that we can’t walk in the light and in the darkness at the same time. We can’t have Jesus as our Lord if what we are worshiping is ourselves or other people or entertainment or sinful addictions, etc. We can’t go left and right at the same time for they are opposites.

Well, the same applies to our faith in Jesus Christ. We can’t have genuine faith in Jesus Christ and live the opposite of what he is about, and what he teaches us regarding how we should live. We can’t live for the pleasures of this world and to please God at the same time. So we can’t be true Christians if we are still living to please our flesh and the devil.

For, Jesus Christ came into this world to save us, not just from the punishment of sin, but to save us from our addiction (slavery) to sin and to give us new lives in Jesus Christ free from the control of sin and of Satan, and free to now live for the Lord and to walk in his holiness and righteousness. He came to deliver us out of our lives of living for sin and for self so that we would now live for him and to do his will.

Mary, Did You Know?

Songwriters: Greene Lee Rufus / Lowry Mark Alan

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re
Holding is the great, I Am

Mary, did you know?

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