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Benefits in Eternal Glory

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” Psalms 31:19

The merchants of this world constantly seek for your dollars, promising you some thrill, creature comfort, or a better life in this temporary dwelling place (earthly life). But that’s all for this fleeting life whereby our LORD told us to lose our lives and not to preserve or pamper them (John 12:24-26). In this brief life we are given the window of opportunity to work to provide for our families, self, and the basic necessities, and then to “have to give” to those in need and the work of the eternal Gospel (2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Ephesians 4:28, etc.). True servant elders in Christ’s body will be calling you to give up your life in this fleeting world (Luke 8:23-24; 14:33; 17:33; 19:27; 1 Timothy 6:17-19). This is the privilege our LORD has given us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-24).

IF we truly put Him first, will His work be the last thing that receives our financial attention or, will His work be the very first place we place funds out of what He allowed us to earn?

Push This! …. Upward

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. … But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:19-21, 33-34

Here Jesus is teaching His people not to be worried about tomorrow but seek first His kingdom by laying up treasures in heaven and by not serving mammon but God who is the Giver of all good gifts in the first place. He never runs out of goods to give. But can He move those good things through us after He gets them to us?

The LORD be praised for those who have given to Christ’s work in the past. So, that makes your willingness to help so much the more important. The LORD promises you will be rewarded – eternally! Your continued giving is vital to the sustenance and fruitfulness of divinely-ordained, true New Testament ministries. Trust me: If they are telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but God’s truth, they are in need of your help! People don’t rush to give to those who endeavor to preach the full-counsel of our LORD’s Word. No, in fact, they get offended and run to the ear-tickling ministers of Satan (2 Corinthians 11:12-15; 2 Timothy 4:2-4). And, the sad fact is, that most who get fed by ministries, never bother to give of what God has put into their hands to further His work. In fact, many reading these very words have thousands saved up for a rainy day, preserving their life in this present, fleeting, sinful world, and will not bother to help God’s work (1 Timothy 6:6-19).

IF God, His work, and souls mean something of importance to us, will we not support the outflow of the LORD’s Word?

If Jesus Christ is truly LORD and Master of our lives, He is then LORD and Master over all we have.

“For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” 1 Chronicles 29:14

Someone has wisely stated that  “If He’s not LORD of all, He’s not LORD at all.”

According to Jesus, the way to get on fire for Him is to begin by simple, deliberate obedience. Our hearts will follow (Matthew 6:19-21). We cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). We must lay down our lives before Him in unreserved surrender. Then, all becomes His.

If we have chosen to be disciplined about paying for frivolous, waste such as cable TV, the tanning salon, expensive coffees and cosmetics, and hobbies, can we not consider revamping? How about pushing everything else down lower and placing the LORD Almighty at the very top of the list of priorities?

WND published this statistic recently:

“The Democratic National Committee also appears to be having fundraising woes of its own. In May, the DNC raised $60 million, compared to $76.8 million by the RNC.” WND

And to think that some of those donating money to politics claim that they are true disciples of Jesus when they give less or nothing to God’s work. Tragic!

Could the LORD be calling us to repent and put our faith afresh in Him?

“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

How is it that we had the wherewithal, energy, and money to go out and contract with different companies for temporal items or pleasures? Was it not the desire of our hearts? Do we desire to see the LORD’s Word prosper in the hearts and lives of others? Can we not now choose to be disciplined in our giving to the LORD’s work?

Is this not part of the daily cross?

Are we here to stay or just passing through? See Hebrews 13:14.

So many people eagerly pursue and invest their earthly monies, seeking to multiply it. But what are Jesus’ teachings on this important subject? Read Luke 12 and Luke 16 for a starter.

Why would Jesus who died for our sins and soul jeopardize that very soul He died to save against His own counsel? Let’s read what Jesus said in Mark 10:23-25:

“And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” 

Jesus and His holy apostles warned about covetousness and greed and laying up treasures in this fleeting life which will blow away with the wind upon our death and cause our eternal fall (Psalms 49; 1 Timothy 6; Ephesians 5:7-9).

Does God not see it when we overlook the needs of others while we have the money to help? See Proverbs 24:10-12; James 2:14-17; 1 John 3:16-19.

Here are some intriguing notes from the Life in the Spirit Study Bible:

“Riches are, in Jesus’ perspective, an obstacle both to salvation and to discipleship (Mat. 19:24; 13:22). They give a false sense of security (Luke 12:15ff), they deceive (Mat. 13:22), and they demand the total loyalty of one’s heart (Mat. 6:21). The rich often show that they have no need of God. By searching for riches, their spiritual life is choked (Luke 8:14) and they are led into temptation and harmful desires (1 Tim. 6:9), resulting in the abandonment of saving faith (1 Tim. 6:10). All too often those who are rich take advantage of the poor (Jas. 2:5-6). Thus, no Christian ought to desire to get rich (1 Tim. 6:9-11).” Life In the Spirit Study Bible, p. 1568

“Selfish amassing of material possessions is an indication that life is no longer seen from the vantage point of eternity (Col. 3:1). A selfish, greedy person no longer has his goal and fulfillment in God, but rather in himself and his possessions. The tragedy of Lot’s wife, for example, was her placing all her affections on an earthly city rather than a heavenly one (Gen. 19:16-17, 26; Luke 17:28-33; Heb. 11:8-10). In other words, striving after wealth has in it the seed of total alienation from God (1 Tim. 6:10).” Life In the Spirit Study Bible, p. 1568

“True riches for a Christian consist in faith and love that express themselves in self-denial and following Jesus (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 2:3-5). Those who have true riches have gained freedom from the things of this world through confidence that God is their Father and that He will not forsake them (2 Cor. 9:8; Phil. 4:19; Heb. 13:5-6).” Life In the Spirit Study Bible, p. 1568

Those who give of themselves, which integrally includes their temporary earthly treasure, will forever reap benefits in eternal glory. Jesus promised. Will you follow Him?

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10

“We walk by faith not by sight. Preachers should never ask for money for themselves, absolutely not, yet those they preach to should have a generous heart to support a man called by God to teach, lead, or pastor an assembled group.  For in doing so, they are giving as unto God, as the true shepherd has ascended to the hill, with a pure heart and clean hands..and is able to STAND IN HIS PRESENCE!!!!!! For God has given him the authority in the call!!!! As you honor with the richness of your heart toward the man of God, so shall you be rich in like manner ways, for the Lord said…He who delights in the Word shall be blessed in all His ways…pretty simple…two great commandments, hang all the laws of the prophets.” Peter Korelis

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