Spiritual Wealth and Heavenly Treasure

by Stephen F. Olford

Thought: True wealthiness does not consist of what we possess down here, but rather of the measure of our riches toward God. In three dramatic statements our Lord Jesus teaches that the key to a life of wealthiness is:

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I. The Rightly-Discovered Passion in Life: " . . .where your treasure is..." (v. 21). The true passion of a person's life always determines his wealthiness. There is, of course, an earthly-minded passion. Paul refers to this when he speaks of people who "mind earthly things" (Phil. 3:19). Then there is a heavenly-minded passion: "...lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (v. 20).

II. The Rightly-Directed Vision in Life: "The light of the body is the eye...If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (vv. 22-23). In this revealing statement, the Lord Jesus illustrated the principle that what we see affects how we feel. Jeremiah could say, "Mine eye affecteth mine heart..." (Lam. 3:51). The Master speaks first of the focused vision (v. 22). The focused vision causes the rays of light to converge on one point so that the entire body or personality is full of light, so we need to keep our eyes turned upon Jesus. The alternative is faulty vision (v. 23). Eye specialists tell us that there is a condition known as astigmatism, which causes light to be deflected, so there is double vision. If our spiritual eyes are not focused on the Lord Jesus, we soon develop double vision (see John 3:19).

III. The Rightly-Determined Mission in Life: "No man can serve two masters..." (v. 24). If what we feel is determined by what we see, it also follows that what we see is affected by whom we serve. God created all men to serve Him; and in the highest sense, "His service is perfect freedom." Only the service of God will guarantee spiritual wealth and heavenly treasure.

Thrust: 

"I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold,

  I'd rather be His than have riches untold."

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