Tag Archive | treasures in heaven

II Chronicles 6:18 ” But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens cannot contain You. How much less this Temple I have built! “

Ok, I have two very diverse images I want you to think about today. The first is that God is limitless.  Isaiah tells us that God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth and stretches out the heavens like a canopy… that His throne is heaven and His footstool is earth. (Isaiah 40:22 & 66:1)   While the second image is of God’s very intimate and personal relationship with all Believers…of us actually becoming a dwelling place for His Spirit to live in. (Ephesians 2:22 & I Corinthians 3:16)  To the world, this is a total contradiction…but to the Believer, it’s what our faith is built on.

Matthew 6:9 ” This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”

In Luke 11:1 it tells us that the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray.  This verse is the start then of what we call The Lord’s Prayer….undoubtedly the most perfect prayer we could ever utter.  The prayer starts off by firmly placing the focus God, our heavenly Father.  Jeremiah 3:19 tells us that God wants us to call Him Father, but not like any earthly father…for we are to revere His authority and divinity in light of redemption.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  He was trying to explain to them that He was the perfect expression and image of their heavenly Father.  And even today,  the notion of the Trinity…the Three in One…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to wrap our minds around.  Each is a flawless part of the whole…each equally important…each deserving honor, glory, and praise.

II Corinthians 4: 8-9 ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

As we learned from the Devotional yesterday, we have this great and wonderful treasure in jars of clay.  But just like those breakable vessels, our mortal body can be stronger than we can imagine.  You see, those clay jars withstood outside pressure and remained durable and lasting for hundreds of years…and so can we.  This verse promises us that we can be troubled but not overwhelmed by it…confused but not to the point of hopelessness…harassed and bullied but never forsaken by our Heavenly Father. You are a jar of clay, but one tough, resilient, and tenacious jar – holding an unspeakable treasure within.

Matthew 6: 19-21 ” Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Ask yourself what you hold dear today.  What is it that’s precious and cherished in your life?  Is it sitting in the garage, or on your wrist, or proudly placed in your house for all to see?  Or are they intangible, incorruptible things that only come from a heart where the Holy Spirit abides?   Jesus tells us that if our priority is gathering up wealth and riches down here on earth…our heart will soon become a haunt of unclean lusts.  But if the things we value are Godly and right, we will have treasures in heaven that will never be exhausted. (Luke 12:34)