Christ Abides in My Time & Treasures
There are three words in Mark 4 that forever changed my attitude about what I am here on earth to do. I knew that I was saved and called by God for a purpose; and I knew it had something to do with fruit bearing. But it wasn't until I asked the Lord to show me in His Word -- what He wanted from us as believers, that the words on the page began to jump at me.
Mark 4:8 "But other seed fell on good ground (a believer's heart) and yielded a crop (that's fruit) that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
CHRIST WANTS TO ABIDE IN MY TIME:
Remember the river of our life flowing by at 60 minutes an hour? This is all about how we use, how we prioritize, and how we spend our moments.
Has God said anything about that time? Yes -Seek Me FIRST (Matthew 6.33). Jesus wants to be welcomed into all of my time. That is what abide means, He wants to "stay" with you - get up each morning and eat with you, go out to the car and ride with you, sit at your desk while you work, go to lunch, ride home and spend the evening with you. He wants you to notice Him, talk to Him, and let Him be a part of your life. What are the results of abiding in Christ? In these verses Jesus explains three: He gives us prayer that is effectual; fruit that is perpetual; and joy that is celestial.
- "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." [John 15:7] That is prayer that gets God's plans done, it is effectual.
- "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." [John 15:8] This is fruit perpetual.
- "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." [John 15:11] That is joy celestial.
CHRIST WANTS TO ABIDE IN MY TREASURES:
This is what we do with our money. This is how we view our possessions.
Has God said anything about those treasures? Yes - Jesus actually said much about money, the summary would be in two passages -- (Matthew 6:19-21 lay not up) and Luke 12 be rich towards God!
· Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
· Luke 12:13-21 ....."Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' 21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Everything we ever have will turn to rust and ashes except for what was transformed by our ABIDING in Christ into Eternal Fruit. Christ's rewards to us are based on what was GOOD or FRUITFUL, all else attached to our lives Jesus Christ has promised He will burn away at the BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT.
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