Chapter 3

  

To Build a Heavenly Bank Account

We Must Make Sure We

Understand Godís Plan For The Church,

The Body Of Christ, You And Me

(Eph 5:25 - 27NKJV) 

(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Gods Plan for a Glorious Church Gives Christians four equally important responsibilities to fulfill our part in the body of Christ.

To help us accomplish these four main responsibilities we have as Christians, there are four goals we need to consider;

These four responsibilities and the accomplishment of these four goals are of equal importance when it comes to accomplishing Godís plan for the church. We as individual Christians must be willing to take a close look at what Godís Word says about our walk with Christ and the accomplishment of each of these responsibilities and goals.

There is only one way to be able to accomplish these responsibilities and goals. We must become completely absorbed with the study of the life of Christ and His instructions to us in the Word.

To become completely absorbed with the study of the life of Christ and His instructions to us in the Word is the daily life of a Christian from the time of the New Birth until he leaves this earth to go to heaven. This is the journey of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years as we live on this earth.

During This Journey We Should Focus

On One Main Objective,

Look At This World Through

The Eyes Of Jesus.

 

When we look at the world through the eyes of Christ,

we create a firm starting block

for new Christians and a place to regroup

for those already in the faith.

When we finally considered the importance

of seeing this world through Jesusí eyes,

we will then understand the importance of and how to gain

Heavenly treasure.

 

Jesus left the riches of heaven to come to earth

to accept the spiritual poverty or separation from God that He would face.

He did this so we could have the opportunity

to gain the spiritual prosperity of knowing the Father and going to heaven,

or

Jesus became poor so I could become rich.

(2 Cor 8:7 Ė14 NKJV)  

(7)But as you abound in everything; in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us; see that you abound in this grace also.

(8) I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.

(9) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

The greatest down fall we can make as men of God on this earth is to interpret the Word of God from a natural manís point of view rather than a spiritual manís point of view. This scripture is a prime example of how easily this can be done. A natural man will look at this scripture, then look at the life of Christ and assume that Jesus lived an impoverished life on this earth. Then from this assumption will declare that it is Godís will for Christians to possess much worldly stuff. Both of these assumptions are far from the truth. First of all, Jesus was not ever concerned with the need for worldly stuff. Whatever and when ever He needed it, it became available or He made it available.

Do you have any need? If necessary, He will create a solution.

(John 2:7 Ė 9 NKJV) 

(7) Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. (8) And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it. (9) When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

Need a place to stay? He has it.

(John 1:38 -39 NKJV)   

(38) Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?" (39) He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

Need provisions for your family or to have a few guess over for a Bible study? No problem.

(Mat 14:17 - 21 NKJV)   

(17) And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." (18) He said, "Bring them here to Me." (19) Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. (20) So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. (21) Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Need some transportation? It will be provided.

(Mat 21:1-3 NKJV)

(1) Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, (2) saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. (3) "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

Have a special need for some extra money? His supply is unlimited.

(Mat 17:25 Ė 27 NKJV)

(25) He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" (26) Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. (27) "Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."

Need something to wear for a special occasion? He can manage it.

(Mark 15:17 Ė 18 NKJV) 

(17) And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, (18) and began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

Jesus came to earth and while He was here He kept the main thing the main thing and He did not let the things of this world interfere with Godís plan for His life.

(Mat 4:1 Ė 10 NKJV)  

(1) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (2) And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. (3) Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." (4) But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" (5) Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, (6) and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" (7) Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'" (8) Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (9) And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." (10) Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"

He also made it very clear that He did not want any of His disciples to be ever concerned with the need for worldly stuff either.

(Mat 6:24 - 32 NKJV)

(24)"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate  the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (25) "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (26) "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (27) "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (28) "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (29) "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (30) "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (31) "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' (32) "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The definition of mammon is personal wealth. God does have a use for personal wealth, which we are going to take a close look at in this study. But Godís Word is so clear about where our focus in life should be. Yet the big I that lives in me will always be looking for a way to make it OK for me to hoard a lot of worldly treasure. I will give you a little preview of things to come. Pray and ask God to open your heart as you continue this study in search of Godís truth found in His Word concerning worldly and heavenly treasure,

God gives his children earthly treasure so they will have opportunity to have much Heavenly Treasure.

I would like to say that one more time,

but just a little Louder and a little Brighter!

God gives his children earthly treasure so they will have opportunity to have much Heavenly Treasure.

 

We must each study His Word and in that study find out from God His plan for our life, then we must not let the things of this world distract or detain us.

We Must Continue To Renew Our Minds With The Word,

For He Is The Word,

So That We Will Be Able To See The World

Through

The Eyes Of Christ.

 

 

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