“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth [. . .] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, in which neither moth nor rust destroys and where by intruders do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
A treasure cache holds exclusive allure for most people. As a youngster, I liked finding prized trinkets in boxes of cereal. Today’s refined treasure hunts, on the other hand, may contain GPS scavenger quests, “geochaching,” or even metallic detector request-and-discover endeavours.
Even though we get started a new collection in our following column, during recent months we explored the treasure trove of wisdom Jesus identified for his followers in the preface to his “Sermon on the Mount.” In the sermon’s introduction recognized as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), Jesus discovered standards of character, perform, and spiritual results. Jesus also unveiled that “the kingdom of God is in your midst” and would be introduced to light via his ministry of redemption (Luke 17:23).
In examining the Beatitudes, we know that the crescendo of blessedness outlined by Jesus fosters basic responses demanded from Christians who are critical about loving God and serving folks. The Beatitude behaviors presented by Jesus are like a daisy-chain: every single loving response by a believer augments and strengthens additional actions.
As a result, we simply cannot be contented with being only weak in spirit, mildly meek, or simply merciful. By Christ at do the job in us, we should try in addition for pure hearts, peace, and righteousness as we also mourn more than sin and stand up to persecution.
Paralleling these benchmarks which Jesus profiled are also the gifts of the Holy Spirit which empower believers to develop in “love, pleasure, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22). Subsequently, the fruit of the Spirit undergirds, improves, and amplifies God’s crescendo of grace and redemption through Jesus.
For believers who search for God’s kingdom and righteousness, their blessings are spiritual treasures in heaven. Blessedly, the sins we mourn will be forgiven as Jesus comforts and handles us with his righteousness. We will inherit additional than the earth we will inhabit the kingdom of heaven eternally. We will be known as little ones of God—and we will see God.
In gratitude, we pray the text of the Apostle Paul: “May [we] be strengthened with all ability, according to his superb could, for all stamina and patience with joy, giving many thanks to the Father, who has competent [us] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light-weight. He has sent us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:11-14). Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for the Claremore Progress. All Bible quotations are from “The Holy Bible, English Normal Version” (ESV), except if usually mentioned.