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)
I am a sinner. Mostly, I have judged people on who they are and what they are. Instead, I should have had the heart of Jesus and loved my brothers and sisters, all of them, as Jesus loves me. I have to say though, as of late, my heart has changed. I had been reading my Bible and taking snippets from the Scriptures and using them out of context to justify my cynical behavior against those who are simply DIFFERENT than I am.
After a long talk with a pastor friend of mine, he got me to realize that the people who are different than me were also God’s children and that He allowed them to be that way for a reason. I had forgotten God’s sovereignty and that everything that happens, happens at His hand.
Not very long ago, I read a story which explained the new rules of a certain church and how they were regulating who could advance in that church’s ministry and those who could not. This reading made me realize how my feelings must have been taken when I expressed them to others. My reply to that publication was this:”If Jesus was in your church during a bad storm and a small group of ‘different’ people came knocking at the doors for shelter, what do you think He would do?” For me, this is a huge turnaround in my thinking. Several months ago I would have completely agreed with the church’s policy. It has become crystal clear to me that the Holy Spirit has been working on my heart to accept people as they are, just as Jesus did. God has been working as “the potter”, molding me like clay to become more Christ-like in this part of my life.”You never know whose eyes God is watching you through” – Denver Moore.
President Ronald Reagan said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. The removal of the wall brought East and West Berlin together, so as to be one whole city. So must we tear down the walls which separate ourselves from each other so that we can be one whole race – the human race. You see, we are all in this world together and the world, to us, is becoming smaller and smaller. In reality, this world is like a grain of sand in the hourglass of God’s expanse, and we are all just waiting to sift through that narrow path to the other side of the glass where everything as we know it will be different and we will all be equal.
Jesus said: “Come to me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“. (Matt 11:28) It has become clear to me, now, just how important that little word “ALL” really is. When our worlds are changed, we will all be equal in each other’s eyes just as we are now, in the sight of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord for His convictions upon us!
“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)