I love the Sermon. This is where Jesus tells us everything we need to do and not do in order to live a righteous life. As mere humans, we are all sinners and imperfect but these are the lessons by which we should try to live so that the light of Christ shines out from us for everyone to see.
Jesus told us: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”(Matt 6:19-21)
Jesus was trying to send the message that EVERYTHING on earth, ALL earthly pleasures and ALL worldly wealth is only TEMPORARY. It will last, maybe, in this life only and even then sometimes not that long (… “where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal”). Heavenly treasures are forever. We store them in heaven every time we do good deeds which serve others and/or God in Heaven. Additionally, our hearts will remain righteous when we keep our minds on spiritual treasures in lieu of treasures of the flesh.
We must remember to always keep heavenly treasures in our hearts and minds. Earthly wealth is actually sin because it takes our minds away from God, who gave us life, eternal. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt 6:24)
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”(Matt 7:1-2) Jesus told us that we should not judge others in a way that we don’t want to be judged, and that if we do make judgments against someone else’s life decisions, someone else may judge us for ours. Let’s face facts, none of us are perfect and we sin every day. But Jesus paid our sin debt long before we were ever born.
So we are all sinners, which keeps us all on the same level in life. We must not look at what someone else is doing while we, ourselves are sinning. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”(Matt 7:3-5) So you see, in God’s eyes, we are all equal and equally evil as we are all sinners. Not one of us can cast judgment on another.
Once we are saved, we have our names written in the Lamb’s book of life. But, as we sin in life, the book keeps an account, as well as an account for the good deeds we do in service to others and to God. Remember, this book will opened to your pages and from it you will stand before the Lord almighty and have to give an account for your life. “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” (Rev 20:12)
Are you suffering from any kind of affliction? Maybe you have suffered through an affliction and are now recovered? Maybe you are suffering in a mental way? Perhaps you are suffering through spiritual matters. Throughout your suffering did/are you moaning, complaining, asking why?
We all will have to “carry a cross”, sooner or later in life. There may be a point at which we carry it for the remainder of this life.
Christians should consider life trials as a gift from heaven. Our sufferings give the perfect opportunity to live a part of our lives as Jesus did – in suffering. Consider your suffering as a part of Christ in you and make every attempt to glorify your heavenly Father in your suffering.(Psalm 118:7) Accept your cross and carry it with the Grace that God gives you.(Matt 6:16-18) Let your Christ-like attitude shine out so it may be seen by others as an example of how we should live the good and the bad times with joy in our hearts.(Matt 5:16) Christ brought the Helper to shine the light in all of us and to remove all darkness.
Suffering also brings us closer to God.(see Life’s Uncertainties) We can consider ourselves blessed that we encounter trials in our lives as this is the gift God gives us so that we can remember Him as sovereign. If you are going through a painful surgical recovery, cancer treatments, diabetes, arthritis or any other discomforting affliction, don’t gripe, moan and ask “why me”? Remember what Christ went through for you generations before you were brought in to this world. If we are to TRUELY be Christ-like in our lives, we MUST face the suffering as well as the good times, just as Christ suffered for us.(2Cor:1-5)