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Friday, July 29, 2011

Treasure in Heaven

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness."  Psalm 84:10 AMP

The illusion of ease and comfort that the world offers to us is as substantial as smoke as it wafts away on an errant breeze. The prescription for wholeness that the scripture offers is so adverse to the thought mode of the world, that it seems counter-intuitive to our senses. One example of this truth is Jesus' response to the rich young man in Matthew 19:21,22, at the young man's question of what he must do to inherit eternal life, “Jesus told him, 'If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.' But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions”(AMP). God is not asking that we live in abject poverty; He knew the young man's heart and that he idolized the riches he possessed. Living our lives for the temporary pleasures that we may be able to seize in our relatively short stay here will leave us exhausted now and bereft eternally. In Revelation 21:4 God gives us the powerful promise, that He will “. . .wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away”(AMP). All of these things will pass away, the troubles that occupy our thoughts, the striving that keeps our souls discontented; all will be gone. The only thing that will be left is our relationship with Christ, or the lack thereof. We have a grand and awesome opportunity now. God is offering us this magnificent opportunity to live with Him now and eternally. Please consider the implications of this truth, we are not promised tomorrow; but, we are promised eternity if we would accept it today.

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