Dream word – TREASURE
“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” NKJV
Six quid and six silver spoons
Someone has remarked that, “Man was born free, but everywhere, he is in the property chain!” When in my lifetime I find myself witnessing yet another property crash I have to ask the question if we are indeed in bondage to property? Indeed, with the present crash precipitated by or coincidental with, the death of the dollar, outside of the Major US cities, tent cities have now sprung up to house the repossessed homeless. I wonder sometimes if property ownership is an illusion, after all, stop paying your government taxes and then see who really owns your home!
Believe me when I tell you, that the need to “own” your own property will put you in bondage for most of your life. You shall be obligated to work almost totally to service the large loans taken out to “buy” the property in the first place. Once you then buy a TV and succumb to the need for annual vacations, new cars and more stuff than you know what to do with, but what your newly purchased property most certainly needs in terms of accents, upgrades and maintenance, then you can just hear the clink, clink of the financial manacles being clasped around your ankles. Tell me, is it worth it? Is it a blessing?
The health wealth and prosperity marketers of our own religious industry, have done a great job in taking definite Old Testament material promises of housing, land, milk and honey and turning them into New Testament signage for the presence and blessing of God on the Christian. I suppose then, that when many Christians in the coming crash lose their roof and their shirt, they too will seemingly have lost the presence and blessings of God? Truth is, even in the Old Testament, land was never to be treated as a commodity but rather, for the Israelites, it was an inheritance. It was the material centrality of the covenant promises which God had made to them. Realty or real estate however, is not the New Testament Christian’s covenantal core!
OK let’s cut to the chase. Market driven forces, consistently change and erode the financial landscape. The market however, is well manipulated long before those forces of fiscal erosion are ever released upon us plebs. The top hats and the fast racing cars of those big hitters on the global monopoly board, will buy and if needs be, also trash a billion green plastic houses for the for the sake of acquiring a bigger stake in the game. If we are gonna get on the board, then we pays our money and we takes our chance. It’s as spiritual as that.
Our master, had neither nest nor den. Our dual titles are that of being strangers and pilgrims and our citizenship is in heaven. We are people of the far country, we are of Jerusalem above, which is free. Our covenantal core is blood, it is bread, it is water, it is Jesus! Remember that.
It was Leonard Ravenhill who told us that John Wesley died in 1791, leaving only a handful of books, six silver spoons, six pound notes, one each for the poor men who would carry his coffin, a Geneva preaching gown, and, what was it now? What was it again? Oh yes, the Methodist church!
In Wesley’s case, though he could have been an exceptionally rich man, everything was well spent and invested in a spiritual future. As for me, I am done with monopoly and I too shall go to my grave, both naked in material wealth and well spent in spiritual matters. How about you?
Listen: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither 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 NKJV.
Pray: Lord, get me off the board. Lord, give me a “Get out of jail free” card, the community chest of the saints and a great consolation prize in glory, in Your great name I ask it, amen!
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