Are you storing up treasure in Heaven or on Earth?

What’s your focus – collecting treasure in heaven or earth?

Today, in 2019, we are living in a predominantly non-Christian society. This may seem a strong statement, especially when you live in a country that has freedom of religion and freedom of speech. This may seem even a stranger statement when you have a look at the global religious landscape, where statistical estimates place Christianity as the largest religious group in the World, with an estimated 2.4 billion adherents (33% of the global population).  However, these statistics are based on individuals that identify with the Christian religion and who are not necessarily born again Christians. Let us explore what the Word of God says about this.

In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus told us:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Here Jesus provides us with a prophetic Word to warn us that not many will follow the narrow way (or the road to heaven), but rather most will follow the broad way (the road to hell). Here the broad way refers to the secular world that denies Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus revealed something even bolder to Nicodemus in John 3:3:

 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus goes on to explain that you have to be born twice to see the kingdom of God (in other words, heaven), once of water, which refers to our physical birth, and once of Spirit, which refers to being born again by the Holy Spirit.

How then are we saved or born again? In Romans 10: 9 -13 Paul gives us this answer.

… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

By virtue of the above pre-requisites, I believe the number of Bible believing, born again believers globally to be significantly lower than the 2.4 billion number. But say there’s only half a billion born again believers on Earth, then why is it not more evident in society? These days, for most cases, it’s difficult to distinguish between Christians and the secular world. More and more Christians, and even entire church communities, are trying to blend in with the secular world to be viewed as ‘cool’ or as to not offend anyone.

In my opinion, unfortunately for the most part, Christians in nations where they enjoy the right to exercise freedom of religion, have become as the Laodicean church mentioned in the book of Revelation (3: 14-22).

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Life has become so comfortable for us in this age of convenience, that many have ignored the Great Commission personally given by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 18-20) to his disciples (this includes born again believers).  

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

As Christians, we need to be involved in the Great Commission, in one way, shape or form. God has laid this issue on my heart over the last couple of months. Physically, every person has been blessed with different abilities and talents. Spiritually, every believer has been blessed with different spiritual gifts in order for the believers in church to complement each other and the body of Christ to be complete and healthy (1 Corinthians 12: 12- 31).

 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,  and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?  Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?  Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

In this day and age we also have excess of everything; from food to material possessions. As disciples of Jesus Christ, who are supposed to look forward to the return of our Lord and Saviour and be heavenly minded, we need to be focused on carrying out, or at least supporting people who are carrying out, the Great commission. Matthew 6: 19 – 21 Jesus tells us to rather focus on heavenly treasures, than earthly riches.

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

It is time for born again, Bible believing Christians to Unite for our Messiah; the same Messiah whose return we should eagerly await. Let’s be found busy on the day that Christ returns. How glorious will the day be when we get to see our treasures that were stored up in heaven?  

In this ministry I will therefore endeavour to connect believers, resources and ministries, with the goal of furthering the Kingdom of God on Earth, and fulfilling God’s Great Commission.  I therefore encourage every born again believer to get involved within a ministry if you are not already part of one. If God has called you to start a ministry, be obedient and trust in Him.

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