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A Word for the Week

Paul wrote in Philippians 3:14--

"I press toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

What "'prize' are you pursuing with passion; with energy and enthusiasm?

That question might sound a bit strange but the fact is, everyone is involved in something and everyone pursues something during their earthly life. Some pursuits are temporal while others are eternal.

I heard Dr. David Jeremiah say recently--

'Some are moving toward what they truly treasure while others are moving away from it.'

Wonderful statement but what did he mean? Simply this--there are only two things that exist eternally that exist on this earth. One is the word of God and the other is the souls of people. If you and I are investing heavily in one of those two things with eternity in mind then it could be correctly stated that we are moving toward our treasure as we live out our days here.

Jesus put it this way--"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures (plural) on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures (plural) in heaven, where moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21

The wise decision is an eternal investment in the souls of human beings that need Jesus or who serve Jesus thru a variety of ministry and mission opportunities that God provides. As you and I give toward the ministry and mission of the furtherance of the gospel in the present, we are moving toward our treasure in the future knowing that one day we will pass from here to hereafter. As you and I help others along the way by giving time, treasure, using the talents God has given us and passing on truth, God uses what we give away to help make them aware of His grace and provision of salvation. In so doing, we move toward our treasure.

We possess what God provides here to invest wisely in hereafter realizing there is much more hereafter than here. Therefore, we should pursue with passion the kinds of investments that are centered on His purpose for us and for others.

ON THE OTHER HAND, if a person chooses to invest what God provides in what can be accumulated or accomplished that is earthly and temporal, (meaning its only purpose is to serve the individual in question in the present,) then as that person ages, it is biblically correct to say they are moving away from their treasure; day by day, month by month, year after year. The day will come when they pass from here to hereafter. In so doing, they leave behind for others to use, misuse and abuse what they chose to withhold for themselves.

These life principles and practices are not something you and I do naturally. They are only accomplished supernaturally under the direction of the word of God and the Spirit of God as you and I yield our will to His. We grow into them as we mature in Christ.

David Jeremiah in his devotional resource 'turning points with God' puts it this way--'true spiritual growth only happens intentionally--by planning and moving. If you don't make a conscious effort to grow spiritually. the likelihood is that you won't. No one grows spiritually without overcoming resistance to change.'


So what has God challenged you with recently that involves changing the way you invest His time, His treasure, His truth, or His talent that He has divinely equipped you with to serve Him thru sharing with others?

What 'prize' are you pursuing with passion here that will be enjoyed hereafter?

is there one? Will there be one?

Remember, everyone is either moving toward their treasure or away from it!

If you think about it, hereafter will be here before you know it! What will you have to enjoy?

Good question and the answer is entirely and eternally up to you!

May the Lord bless His word and His work in you today!

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58