Monday, October 25, 2010

Where is Your Treasure?

Jesus said, "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt. 6:20-21). Our hearts and our treasure are tied together. Notice that He did not say, "Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also." That would seem to make more sense. Instead, He reversed it and said "where your treasure is, there your heart will be." Why did He emphasize the treasure?

Here's why. Some people say that they love God, but they never worship Him by giving their money in offerings. They are deceiving themselves. Although we can't see inside a person's heart, we can see where his money goes. To show us where a person's heart is, Jesus points us to where his treasure is invested. Look for the treasure and you will find the heart. Follow the money. People always invest their money in what they love the most. A person who loves golf has no problem spending his cash on golf clubs, golf carts, and country club fees.

My uncle graduated from Georgia Tech. He had Georgia Tech window stickers, rugs, mugs, and a host of other items with the school emblem. He even showed me a plaque that he received from Tech in recognition of his giving $50,000 to the school. How do I know he loved Tech? He gave 50 Grand to the institution. His treasure went to Georgia Tech, and that's where his heart was.

When we cheerfully give our offerings to the Lord, we are laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven. If our treasure is there, our hearts will be also. How much are you investing in eternity? To hear the entire message on how to lay up treasure in heaven, go to:
"Pay Day in Heaven"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Final Exam

When author Rick Howard was attending college, he walked into his classroom after skipping class for nearly 2 weeks. He was ten minutes early for class, and his heart skipped a beat when he saw every student seated with books open, cramming for a test. He nervously asked his friend, "What's happening here today, Jim?" Jim said, "On, nothing special, Rick. Just the mid-semester exam, that's all."

"You've got to be kidding!" Rick responded with a look of horror on his face. "Oh, no," Jim replied. "You ought to come around here more often." Rick knew he wasn't prepared, so he approached his instructor and asked if he would consider postponing the test for him.

His professor said, "Mr. Howard, I can't punish you for missing class for 2 weeks, but you are responsible for everything that goes on here. You must take the exam or you'll receive an automatic failure on the test." Rick's heart sank to his stomach as he stared at the exam, not knowing how to answer the questions.

Are you ready for your "Final Exam"? Judgment Day is not an unannounced test. It is coming. "For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10). Do you realize you are reading about yourself in this verse? What will this exam be like?

If you are a Christian, God has already taken care of your sins through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This judgment will be a GOOD judgment, to examine your life to determine your rewards in heaven. The bad things we have done will be burned up, but everything we have done to please the Lord will be rewarded with something magnificent, better than we can even imagine (see 1 Cor. 3:10-15 for more on this judgment).
To hear the entire message on this subject, go to
http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and
click on "The Final Exam"