Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What Treasure Do You Have In Your Heart???

In Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34 we find the exact same words; “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Because the Bible says so it is true. This is a biblical principle. This then should cause us to carefully examine where our money goes. Is it any wonder why many Christians get sidetracked and away from God when a quick look at where they put their money reveals their priorities in this life. Is it any wonder that we find difficulty filling the missionary ranks today when parents have given their children such poor examples concerning the priorities of their treasures. From the expensive educations, the well respected careers, the best cars, hobbies, sports, vacations and the list goes on and on. All of these have the priority of our hearts because that is where we put most of our money. Is it any wonder then that reaching the world with the Gospel is not a priority? Is it any wonder that missionaries must travel several years practically begging from church to church to finance themselves as the ambassadors of Christ to these other lands when most of our treasure is tied up here at home? When will we begin to treasure what is most important to God? When will that which matters most to God begin to matter to us? The work of missions is a costly proposition. It will not be accomplished until we treasure what God treasures. When we put our treasures in it -we will put our hearts in it. When we give right, we will pray right. You pray for what you pay for.

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Blogger Bro Tim said...

Bro Jim thanks for sharing. I agree with you mostly, but I am also convinced that God will provide for a missionary if it is his will for them to go. We have missions for everything today. From going and helping struggling pastors which I did that for almost 4 years but I didn't go on deputation, then going to amusement parks. I believe in missions but today you have to many people going around that are not missionaries. I know this is my opinion. I still believe that we must reach the world with the gospel of Christ, and that God still calls missionaries, but who he calls he will provide for. Not trying to be divisive. Thanks for sharing.

Bro Tim

10:35 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Tim,

I understand the point you are trying to make; there are some "missionary" efforts that hardly seem scriptural as shown by Paul in the Book of Acts. It is a valid point, and you are not being divisive.

At the same time however, I do notice a reduction in those surrending their lives to the mission field; and it is a shame that the cults get their people into areas long before the first Baptist missionary shows up. Even Jesus prayed for more labourers;

Mt 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

To do this in today's economy overseas, the missionary must depend on God's people to help him with his calling. God does provide for the missionary, but God expects His people to help the missionary too.... God has provided, but many use those provisions for themselves instead of others!!!

10:29 PM  

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