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From the minister's desk

“Opportunities to Lay Up Treasures in Heaven”

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Opportunities to Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

 

Just as we need “a few good men” we need a few more “good and faithful members.” Every day is another opportunity to do something to “lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.” There is so much to do in the short amount of time we have that even a new convert can “lay up treasures in heaven for themselves” before tomorrow comes. Paul told the early church: “Let us consider one another, how we can spur one another to love and good works. Let’s not stop meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing; but let us encourage one another even more as we see the day approaching.” Heb.10:24-25 We all have different talents and abilities, and all should be used daily pleasing God and “laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven.” Think of the opportunities we miss when we do not.

 

God wants us, members in the body, “to edify one another, equip or prepare one another for the ministry,” which is seeking and saving lost souls and keeping souls saved. Here are a few opportunities many members miss daily; just letting a member know that you appreciate them, accepting a member as they are first, then spending quality time teaching, encouraging and helping them as needed. That’s a treasure! If you are shy, write notes, cards or letters to communicate your encouraging thoughts and wishes for a member. Introduce yourself to a member you see every Sunday, but never approach. You may be surprised at the things and people you have in common. That’s a treasure! Retired or even shut in members should never be bored or wallowing in self pity when there is so much they can do. We tend to limit ourselves and the work of the Lord is limitless. Call or visit when you can if welcomed. Your outreach in active love and concern is a small part. Then turn it over to God for the increase! Don’t do things to get praise or pats on the back from men, nor to make people feel like they are indebted to you. If it’s from the heart influenced by God, your reward is in heaven! Your joy is your inner satisfaction and gratitude to God for what He is doing with you. It is a privilege to be a child, a servant, a friend of God! There is much to do, there is work for every hand.

 

Don’t let another day go by or another soul die in your world, not hearing about the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t miss another opportunity to show your love and obedience to Jesus Christ for the life He gave that you and I might live. Our debt to Christ is unpayable. Our lives are not valuable enough to give to save another’s life, but our lives are invaluable and precious to enough to God that giving our lives to His Son, living for Him gives the Father glory!

 

So, in closing, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus; be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind. Let nothing be done in vain glory through self- ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each of us esteem others better than ourselves. Let’s not just look out for our own interests, but also for the interests of others.” God will bless these efforts! Do this and “lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.”

LGG   

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  1. 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
    We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all- surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    God has entrusted us to share the "Good News" as His empowering Spirit. We are to carry the "good news" of Christ into a hurting broken world. It is a huge job for fragile and ordinary people who are marred by sins of the world.
    Jesus said in Like 12:15,
    Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life doesn't consist in an abundance of possessions.
    Our culture has an abiding focus on hoarding up things of value. We never have enough, we need more, newer, and better. There is something to be said both for contentment and for perspective on how we view worldly possessions, especially our IDOLATRY with money.
    Jesus encountered a rich young ruler who went away sad because he had stored up many possessions and didn't want to give them up(Luke 18:18-25), but Zacchaeus the tax collector gave away much of what he spent his life acquiring(Luke 19:8).The difference is: when we embrace the heart of Christ, His grace is sufficient for all of us to keep the things in life in the right perspective, and have a value system that reflects eternity.
    In closing; What can't you live without? Why? Is it something that lasts forever, or just for a moment? Is it the power of greed?
    I believe that Jesus Christ fills my ordinary life with the power of the Holy Spirit, so I don't have to be anxious for nothing, as I focus on the Holy One who supplies my needs by living,with a humble heart through the goodness in Christ Jesus. "Money and materialism may promise happiness,but when it takes first place in our lives then we are walking on dangerous grounds. "We can be assured that the things of this world will never satisfy like God can. Our contentment is found only through Him."
    Scriptures:
    1 Timothy 6:6-10
    Philippians 4:12
    Luke 19:1-10; 12:15
    2 Corinthians 4:5-7

    by Linda "LB" Jones on July 30, 2019 at 5:30am.