Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Eyes on Eternity

From Chapter 3 of the Treasure Principal by R. Alcorn

Matthew 19:21 "Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven."

Jesus said, "If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" ...If you handle His money faithfully, Christ will give you true riches -- eternal ones. (p 37,38)

But isn't it wrong to be motivated by reward? No, it isn't. If it were wrong, Christ wouldn't offer it to us as a motivation. Reward is His idea, not ours.

Our instinct is to give to those who will give us something in return. But Jesus told us to give to "the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind....Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous" (Luke 14:12-14). If we give to those who can't reward us, Christ guarantees He will personally reward us in heaven. p.39

...many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world.

Why? Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven. Each day brings us closer to death. If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures.

John Wesley tours a vast estate with a proud plantation owner. They rode their horses for hours and saw only a fraction of the man's property. At the end of the day they sat down to dinner. The plantation owner eagerly asked, "Well, Mr. Wesley, what do you think?"

Wesley replied, "I think you're going to have a hard time leaving all this." p.40-41

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