Wealth or riches; things of value; Anything or person highly valued or
So what is YOUR
treasure? Are earthly
possessions most important in your life, or the things of God?
Of course you’re a
all, you live in “Christian” America and your parents attended church
Sunday. You were “baptized” as a child and you’ve never been a bad
You never stole anything or cheated on your wife (or husband) and
never been really drunk. All in all, you’ve lived a good, clean, moral
life, so you must be alright. Besides, you go to church pretty often
and your oldest child won an attendance award. Of course you believe in
God and Christ and all.
“I’m a member of the
and everyone there says I’m OK, so I guess I’ll get by,” you say. “And
I pay my tithes regularly.”
But is that really
what being a
Christian is all about? Do you know for sure that if Death came to take
you right now, you would be ready to go? Would you be carried to heaven
or sent to hell? And if you think you’re too young to die yet, just
that diseases, automobile accidents, fires and airplane crashes do not
spare the young! Teenagers and even young children and babies also face
Perhaps you are even
or Pentecostal and have spoken in “tongues.” Yes, but let me ask you
Are the FRUITS of the Spirit evident in your life for all to see? (Galatians
5:22) What are you doing for the Kingdom of God? Today? Right now?
You know you have no promise of tomorrow! “Be ye doers of the Word and
not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” (James 1:22).
It is very easy to
tell how much
of a Christian you really are, for Jesus said, “Where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.” (Matt. 6:21, Luke 12:34) and “A
good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth
6:45; Matt. 12:35). So your conversation will tell whether you are
really a Christian or not.
If all you can talk
about is automobiles,
then that is your treasure and God is shoved into the corner. If all
can talk about is bowling, golf, baseball, football, sex or even your
you will discover that whatever it is that dominates your conversation
is your real treasure. That is what you live for. It is your real god.
Only if your conversation and your life reflect honor to the Lord Jesus
Christ, only if your life is Christ-centered are you a REAL Christian.
Again, Jesus speaks:
“Why call ye
me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46; Matt.
7:21-23). The Matthew passage even goes on to say that those who
done good works and miracles in His Name but not His Will will be told,
“Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
Is YOUR treasure, the
most highly value, to be doing the will of God? Are you truly seeking
the kingdom of God? (Matt. 6:33). Are you letting your light
5:16). Are you going to the world, including next door, on the job,
on the street, and spreading the Gospel? The Good News? (Matt.
Mark 16:15). Do you LOVE the Lord and His ways?
If you see that you
up to God’s standards and you know there is a void, a vacuum in your
Repent, for the Bible says, “To him that knoweth to do good and doeth
not, to him it is sin,” (James 4:17). “Repent and be baptized,
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (Acts 2:38). The
Spirit gives you the power, the anointing, the desire and the wisdom to
please God. The thing you greatly value is to please Him.
It doesn’t matter a
bit what your
church says about you. The real question is: “What does God say about
“…Now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
S. M. S.