JESUS (treasure in heaven)
Where your heart is, so be your treasure.
Now we shall concentrate our attention on the subject "Unspeakable gift" eternal life with Jesus.
The popular goal of our generation is "the good life"...
This dream is not new
It has been the desire of every age and every walk of life -- of teachers and philosophers, of kings and common men
But to the truly good life, Jesus is the way! To see how this is true, consider first that...
JESUS CORRECTS OUR MISCONCEPTIONS
WHAT "THE GOOD LIFE" MEANS TO MANY...
WHY MANY THINK THIS WAY...
Nearly everyone would agree that two words sum up what "the good life" is all about: happiness and peace
Many suppose material prosperity, pleasure and popularity will bring us these things
But even a cursory observation reveals that most wealthy, high-living, famous people are extremely unhappy and lacking inner peace
JESUS CORRECTS THIS MISCONCEPTION...
He taught there is more to life than material possessions - Lk 12:15
He offers a peace which things of the world cannot give, and a joy which is complete and full - Jn 14:27; Jn 15:11
What the world cannot give, Jesus can. How does He do it...?
JESUS LEADS THE WAY TO A BETTER LIFE
BY IDENTIFYING AND REMOVING THE REAL PROBLEM...
What is the cause of so much unhappiness? What deprives so many of inner peace?
Is it not things like immorality, theft, murder?
Is it not things like coveting, deceit, envy and pride?
Such things destroy families, friendships, and property
What then is the cause of these things?
Jesus declared the source to be the sinful hearts of men - Mk 7:21-23
James, the Lord's half-brother in the flesh, concurred with His diagnosis - Jm 4:1-2
What has Jesus done to remove this problem? - Tit 3:3-7
Out of kindness, love, mercy and grace, God through Jesus Christ has saved us and made us righteous in His sight!
This took place when we experienced the "washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit" (a reference to the act of baptism, in which one who believes in Jesus is truly born again of water and Spirit! - Jn 3:5), In other words, Jesus removes the problem of unhappiness and lack of inner peace by first removing the cause: Sin! But there is more...
BY TEACHING US TO SEEK NEW GOALS IN LIFE...
He warns of the folly of seeking after riches - Mt 6:19
They are perishable
They are open to theft
He teaches us to put our treasure in heaven - Mt 6:20
Where it is imperishable
Where it is secure - 1Pe 1:3-5
How does one go about laying up treasure in heaven?
By living for Jesus, even under the most adverse conditions - Lk 6:22-23
By following His teaching - , Lk 6:35
BY GIVING US WHAT WE DO NOT EXPECT...
Once we learn not to make material things, pleasure, and fame our goals in life, but to instead make following Jesus and His teachings our goal, He then provides us an unexpected portion of these very things!
Material things for those who put God first - Mt 6:31-33; Mk 10:28-30
Pleasure that is full and inexpressible - Jn 15:11; 1Pe 1:8
Fame that lasts forever - Col 3:4; 2Th 1:10-12; 2:14
In the very exercise of living for Christ and following His example
We find peace and happiness - Jn 13:12-17; Ac 20:35
Note the word "blessed" (truly happy) in these verses
The world sets before us goals which many people cannot achieve, and even if achieved, often do not satisfy - Ec 5:10
But Jesus places before us goals which can be achieved, and that do satisfy...
All can store up treasure in heaven
All can live for Jesus
If there is any doubt that doing this brings lasting happiness and a much better life even now, just look any individual you may know who is truly following Jesus...
Outwardly they may be suffering persecution, social ostracism, or physical illnesses
But even then they still have that joy that is full, that peace which is unspeakable
If you are not happy, if you are not at peace in your heart, if you are looking for a better life, why not let Jesus be "The Way" for you?
Let Him take care of your problem of sin, which is the true cause of unhappiness in life...!
Let Him be your guide in giving you new direction in this life!
Let Him be your key to "the good life"!
As Jesus Himself said:
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." - Jn 10:10
Our next study will discuss how Jesus deals with the problem of sin...