Treasures In Heaven

Matthew 6 19.png    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up from yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasures is, there your heart will be also.           Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus tells people that we must avoid the things that can be spoilt by moths and rust. In the East, the clothes a person owned made up a large part of that person’s riches. But Jesus says it is foolish to set your heart on these things because the moths can get to them where they are safely stored away and destroy their beauty and value. Possessions like these things have no lasting value.

The Hebrews were very familiar with the expression “treasures in heaven.” It meant especially two things to them. They believed that the good deeds someone did on earth, became a treasure in heaven. Jesus said that possessions selfishly hoarded, would be lost, but that which was given to others in goodwill, would become a treasure in heaven. The early Christian church lovingly took care of the poor and the sick. They believed: What we keep, we lose, and what we give, becomes a treasure for us in heaven.

The Israelites believed that a shroud had no pockets. The only thing people could take from this world at their death was themselves. Everything that was precious to people here on earth, would mean nothing to them in the hereafter; it only made them unwilling to leave this world. If people’s eyes were fixed on eternity during their stay on earth, the things of this world would have little meaning for them and they would leave this world with joy because their eyes were always focus on the things of God. 

Jesus never said that this world was unimportant, but he emphasized over and over again that its worth was not in itself, but in where it would ultimately lead to. This world is not the end of life, it is just a phase on the road to eternity. Our eyes must constantly be fixed on the final goal: eternal life.

The truest end of life, is to find the life that doesn’t end.           Anonymous 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

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God Remembers Your Sins No More!

Isaiah 43.pngWash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; through they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.                       Isaiah 1:16-18

I enjoy reading many books by Max Lucado a Christian author, and I have been reading his one book called “God Came Near” during this advent season. In the one chapter that I have read which is called “He Forgot” it made be think of the words from the book of Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my won sake, and remember your sins no more. Wow, Now that is something to talk about, God doesn’t just forgive us for our sins, he forgets them, he erases the board, he destroys the evidence. He doesn’t remember our mistakes. ( I can say thank goodness). For all the things he does do, this is one thing he refuses to do. He refuses to keep a list of our wrongs. When we ask for forgiveness, he doesn’t pull out a clipboard and say,” But I’ve already forgiven you for that at least a hundred times.” He doesn’t remember. ” As far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said “I remember your sins no more? Do you actually believe he would make a statement like ” I will not hold their in iniquities against them” and then rub our noses in them whenever we ask for help? Of course you don’t. You and I just need an occasional reminder of God’s nature, his forgetful nature. Think about this for a moment, if he didn’t forget our sins, how could we pray to him, or better yet worship him and sing praises to him, God is the “Great I Am”.  Let us remember the scriptures I shared with you as well as another from Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember their sins no more.”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends