sexta-feira, 19 de abril de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 100
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Some men spend their lives searching for hidden treasure in the oceans of the world, others search for gold hidden in the earth, while still others seek to amass wealth by investing. Storing up wealth for the latter years of your life is advisable but Jesus warned us of becoming covetousness in Luke 12:15 "And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” The danger of covetousness, which is an inordinate or excessive desire, is the coveted object becomes an idol of worship that leads you away from God. Nevertheless, Jesus did instruct us to store up treasure.
Matthew 6:19-21 “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."
This passage exposes a link between what you treasure and the focus of your heart. If you treasure money your heart (your mind) continually focuses on ways of obtaining more money and money becomes your idol. Whatever you hold in your mind as treasure becomes and idol to you and draws you away from seeking and loving God.
Storing up or laying up treasure for yourselves in heaven is not just about tithing. When Jesus Christ is your focus, you store up treasures through acts of obedience and acts of love. There are eternal rewards stored in heaven, for those that feed the hungry, attend the orphans and widows, cloth the naked, and introduce the lost to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What do you treasure? What is your mind continually focused on? If your treasure is anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ it has become an idol in your heart. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal anyone or anything that has become an idol in your heart and remember God is jealous and He will not share your heart with anyone or anything.