Eternal Treasures

Readings Matthew 6

How long do you think this wall will last?  For an eternity?

You would think with these guys mixing the mortar it would last a long time!

Dear kingdom dwellers,

I was listening to the answering machine the other day, and somebody was talking so fast, that I had to replay it several times to be able to write down the message.  During my school days, in trying to take notes, there were many times where the professor was speaking too fast, with too much information.  I just couldn’t keep up with the flow coming from his mouth.

Today in reading Matthew 6, it feels kind of like that.   There is so much there!

Just a few of the verses that stand out are below.  Hopefully you can take some time to meditate on some of the Words from Jesus.

Matthew 6:25 (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:1 (NIV)
1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:5-8 (NIV)
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

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

What kind of treasures can we store up in heaven?

They have to be things with eternal values, don’t they?  I mean if they are going to last for eternity, they must be of eternal character.  So what fits with that?  And is it wrong to enjoy some temporal things while living this life?   Can I have that occasional chocolate chip cookie?  Maybe not so occasional you say!?

Seriously, we live in a temporal world, a world of time, so we are bound to be involved, and even enjoy temporal things, yet we are called to be involved in eternal, lasting things.

In I Corinthians we see how our efforts will be judged.  Some things will not endure.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (NIV)
12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.
14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

So the question is, what things are we involved with on a day to day basis that are going to last, that will bring glory to God?

I want us to think about that.  We need to explore that, not out of legalistic requirements, but out of love for Jesus and what He has done!  It is the love of Christ that should motivate us!

Will talk more about these treasures later!

Have a great day in the Lord!

Love,

Steve

A verse to memorize and it may help out with what is eternal.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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