What Do You Value Most?

“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. (Mat 6:19-21 NKJ)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  (1Pe 1:3-4 NKJ)

I remember a chorus that we used to sing in church many years ago, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.”  The more I mature as a Christian, the greater my desire is for the things of God, in fact, the material possessions of the world have paled into insignificance in comparison.  The Devil knows, however, that, if he can just get us to turn ours heads away from the Lord and onto that new car, or bigger house that will take more of my earnings, or a better job that will require more of my time, and the desire for more money, he knows that the heart will follow.  So to justify our actions, we’ve developed a theology of prosperity.  Why, if I give ten percent of my income to God, I will get a return on my investment, if I pray for that bigger car, better house, more money, God will supply all my WANTS according to his riches in glory—somehow I don’t think so. The focus of the Lord’s Prayer was that ‘Our Father’ will supply all you have need of.  The blessing he bestows on us come from your obedience, love, and devotion, in response to his grace and mercy. The world, on the other hand, will just tempt you with unobtainable wants.

When I was a child, Vauxhall Motors brought out a vehicle called the Vauxhall Cresta.  It was flashy, covered in chrome and impressive.  If you bought one of these cars, you soon found out that your investment was nothing more than a rust bucket.  Cars can rust, houses can go into recession, and that 401K’s can vanish overnight, but God is always sure and true.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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