Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.
People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.
A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.
All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.
This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.
Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.
Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.
Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?
Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.
As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.
Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Very few people don’t have something that they treasure in their lives. The things that people treasure can vary with a very large degree of difference.
Some people treasure a smaller treasure that others may not see as of any real value, such as: an old picture of a favored grandparent; or maybe a small decoration that has been handed down for several generations; or a gift that was given them when they were younger.
Others treasure their huge bank account; large amount of property; a special car; or a job.
In each of these things, people will place a lot of trust and care for them. If anything happens to any of these treasured items, they will be very depressed. They often put their heart into their treasured items.
How many times do you see a man buy a new car and every weekend he will spend several hours cleaning and waxing it? It is good to take care of it, but he spends excessive time working with it. This is his treasure.
Jesus just finished telling you to not store up treasures here on earth. Everything on this earth is only temporary. You can and eventually will lose it.
Store up treasures in heaven. How can you do this? By being the witness God has called you to be and doing the work God has called you to do. When you do a work for God, He keeps track of it. Some day He will give you a reward for all of your hard work.
If you have received your reward here on earth, God will not reward you again in heaven. Seek treasures in heaven. Those treasures will last forever and will be much better than anything here on this earth.
Think about what you treasure. Then notice where your heart is. Is your heart in heaven with God, or here on earth? What will get you excited? A new treasure here on earth? Or God’s will being done and a new soul coming to Jesus?
Remember that where your treasure is, is where your heart is also.
I pray today that you will have your heart set on God; that you will treasure only what God treasures; that God will guide you in doing His will; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; and God will break the hold of earthly treasures in your heart.