Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Take the World, But Give Me Jesus

Men fight, bleed, and, yes, even die, for the things of this world. Thousands of hours, years of life are spent trying to increase personal kingdoms and to pursue temporal pleasure. But this is a deceptive world, and when riches are sought for joy, they take it away. When personal kingdoms grow, they leave the receivers empty. Solomon, the preacher, stated, "He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?  The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness." Ecc 5:10-17

Yes truly, the pursuit of this world is vanity. At the end of the day, when the lover of this world must stand before his maker, what good then shall his riches do him? Yea, they are vanity, blessings stored up for the righteous. Jesus said, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mat 16:26. And in another place, Solomon says, "Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Pro 23:5 Thus the lover of this world shall come to a bitter end, and all that he hath sought after to please his soul shall be vanity. The riches of this world can never satisfy, nor can they pay the ransom for man's soul: "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:). Psa 49:6-8.

Is all without hope? Is the ransom of the soul impossible? No, there is great hope for the aimless wanderer who is seeking to find true joy and life, and this is in the most unlikely place - the sacrifice of everything, including his life to serve another Master, one worth more than all the gold and all the silver this world boasts. He is the most wonderful Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. To gain Him is to gain the world and life everlasting. Yet the cost is high. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Mat 16:24-25 Yes, the price is high. It is the turning from service to the flesh, to the service of a new King. It is the laying down of one's life and all earthly allegiance to do completely the will of another. You must count the cost. Is it a price you are willing to pay? Jesus says, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26-33

Are you willing to stop seeking the pleasure of this world and instead seek the joy of a new life in Christ? Are you willing to be His disciple? Are you willing to give up that which is temporal for that which is eternal? You ask, Is it worth it? The value of the kingdom of heaven is presented by Christ as something so valuable, one would sell all to obtain it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Mat 13:44-46

The Lord has laid before all men the call of the gospel to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and to be saved from wrath through Him.  Christ is all satisfying and infinitely worthy and in Him is life everlasting. He calls, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isa. 55:1-2. And again, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Mat 6:19-21.

Will you not this day seek the true treasure? It is a high price, but it is to small a price to have Jesus. Trust no more in the things of this world, for they shall not avail you. "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." Jas 5:1-3 When you stand before God one day, the only thing that will matter is whether you have the true treasure, the Son of God. Repent, turn from your dead works, believe the gospel and find true riches, joy, and life in the Son of God.

I care not then for the things of this world, only give me Jesus, for He is all the world to me. 

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.

Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me,
I can sing though billows roll.


Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey
Light will cheer me all the while.


Take the world, but give me Jesus.
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.


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