Still On Your Treasure
The history of a people is documented to teach the living what the past was so they can understand their present, and with the information chart a course for their future. But when the said people choose to rewrite the past, it distorts their present reality, and their projections for the future will be based on lies. No matter how history is distorted in the present, it will surely catch up with the culprit. Likewise the Word of God! The beauty about God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, is that it is made plain for all to see. The missteps of the past are not covered up but are laid bare for all to see and for those reading to learn the lessons for the now: “Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall” (1Corinthians 10:11-12). If God’s Word is distorted, it will distort the present reality of the culprit, and the future of such is based on delusions.
In the ministry of Jesus Christ, so many diverse characters were showcased in relation to His message of the Kingdom of God and its righteousness. On one such occasion (Luke 12), Jesus was teaching about living right in a world riddled with fear and anxiety. He told the thousands that gathered that to overcome these, they should acknowledge Him before men and the Holy Spirit will come to defend them. Sadly, despite these fundamental and life changing teachings, many in the congregation had other agendas. Yet they were ‘listening’ to Him. Suddenly, one from the crowd said: “…’Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me” (Luke 12: 13b). This request looked legitimate but it threw a wrench in the present teaching of Christ. Sadly presently, that is how so many are in the congregations: From the Pulpit to the Pews! Every message from the pulpit is turned into messages of prosperity, vanquishing of enemies, prophecies and healing. No wonder so many go from coast to coast looking for prophets and ‘money-doubler-Pastors’ to tell them what their itching ears desire to hear. Imagine the man in the above story; he may have spent a lot of money and time to attend that meeting. Not because he loved the Lord or desired His message, but rather how he will defeat his brother in their battle over inheritance. Today, so many travel long distances by road, air and water to attend seminars, crusades and conferences, not because they love Jesus Christ, but that their desires will be met!
Beloved, if you are asked right now the following questions: Why are you in the congregation you are in, why are you following Jesus Christ? What would your answer be? The fact that you had being following for so many years do not make you a disciple! So many entered boats, ships, trekked because they wanted to ‘hear’ Him speak. This was a lie! It was their stomach they desired to hear speak! They put their lives at risk because of what they had eaten, and desire to eat again! Even His disciples turned back when He told them the requirement for following Him: “Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, ‘This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?’…From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him” (John 6: 60, 66). Beloved, how many times have you rejected the Word of God because it was too hard to follow? Yet you remain in the congregation, and you delude yourself to think you are still following! What you are is definitely not a follower, but a pretender: “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]…” (2Timothy 3:5a, AMP). Beloved, enough of dancing between two opinions, if Jesus Christ is truly your LORD, follow Him and apply His Word to your life whether convenient or not. May the Lord grant you the grace to do this successfully even as we see The Day of His Return draw nearer, in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.