What Do You Value Most?

What Do You Value Most?

Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” I fear that we, as highly blessed believers in America, have such a disconnect from first century Christianity. And I think it’s largely because we are richer than we can even conceptualize; certainly, far richer than the majority in our world. Such earthly riches often blind us to seeing heavenly treasures; and, if we’re not careful, can render us ineffective as the servants of Christ.

Our Lord taught that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross in order to follow Him. This is both practical and spiritual in its application. Practical, in that sometimes it will mean we have to literally forsake earthly treasure and influence; spiritual, in that much of the time we must be willing to die to our most base and selfish desires. One cannot count his earthly life dear unto himself and expect to be able to serve Christ, too. Either we serve God, or we serve mammon, there is no in between.

This is where I feel that the Christianity mostly experienced in Western culture has erred. We’ve become the rich man who can hardly enter the kingdom of God, rather than the camel passing through the eye of the needle. As much of a miracle as that would be, so too, do we need a miracle of God to revive Western Christianity. Instead of seeing ourselves as, “rich, increased with goods, and having need of nothing” let us take up our cross, seeing ourselves in true spiritual poverty without the glorious riches of Christ. This is the path of blessing, and the sure promise of what it means to abide in and experience all the fulness of Christ.

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