Friday, October 14, 2011

Serve God

Matthew 6:19-21  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  (20)  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  (21)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

            Reading through these verses reminds me of my life prior to my Salvation.  Money and the “things” money could buy were my gods.  My effort each year was to earn as much as possible, regardless of the consequences.

James 4:13-15  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  (14)  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  (15)  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

James 4:13-14 defined my life.  I was only accountable to myself.  (I had no concern [didn’t know] that my life was in jeopardy.)   I have since learned that my life is to center and focus only on God’s Will.
            Therefore, when we consider “the world” and Christianity, (they ought to be incomparable) where do we fall concerning God’s Will?  Do we as Christians line up with the enmity of God, or are we as close to God as we can get?  Where are our treasures being laid up?  (Could they be in the same room that we have locked the Ten Commandments down in Georgia?)
            (A Christian ought to know where he should lay up his treasures.)  Yet, it appears we Christians have a problem getting past “The Jones’.”  (They are only looking for their concerns day by day with no concern for their eternity.)
            I read today on “facebook, ™ ” “If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.  (Our treasures are wherever our heart resides.)  If we reside in the Lord and work to stay within His arms, our treasures are with Him, safe and secure.  As Christians, we do not have a fear of not going to Heaven, but some Christians seem aloof as to their rewards that Jesus is holding for them.

2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

            We Christians will not be judged in the sense of punishment as the un-saved.  However, we will have to hear about the good and the bad that we have done since our Salvation.  If we have mega treasures laid up, we will have a loss in volume because of those times we turned away from the Holy Spirit and refused to do God’s Will.
            (On the other hand, if we have only meager treasures, how well will we do on that day?)   God expects us to follow, God demands we follow. 
            Have you accepted Jesus the Christ as your Saviour and secured a place in Heaven with Him and His Father?  Do you have a Church?  Are you going to Church and placing your willing tithe in the plate?  What have you done to help your Pastor, and the widows of your Church? 
            Today is the day.  Check yourself.  Find out where your treasures are, and then reinforce all that you have done. 

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts     Fundamental Thoughts-Sermons

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