Summary: It’s a choice...choose to enjoy the fruit of this present world, or hold out for the world to come.
God does not see things as we see them...We need to start
seeing things as God sees them.
I Samuel 16:7 - 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not
look at his appearance or at the height of his stature,
because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as
man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the
Lord looks at the heart.”
A. Sometimes “common sense” will mislead us.
1. Whenever spiritual sense and common sense
agree...seek no other sense.
a. But what about when “common sense”
and “spiritual sense” are at loggerheads?
This is when we have what is called, “a paradox”.
WEBSTER DEFINES: Paradox - 1. A statement
contrary to common belief. 2. A statement that
seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd, but that
may actually be true, in fact.
Jesus and the writers of the Word of God, gave forth many
1. Many times the paradox is explained in the
context that it is in.
a. Even though some of these things that are
placed before us may be hard to understand...
especially in the light of our, so called,
“common sense”...we need to accept them for
the truth that they are, by our faith in the
Word of God.
Let me share some of these truths with you this morning.
I. “Something” and “nothing” need redefining.
A. God’s thoughts concerning these two words are
quite different from the common understanding.
1. We understand that we have something, by
looking and seeing and counting.
2. God understands that we have something
when we possess the spiritual things that will
make and keep us “joint heirs” with Jesus
a. In other words, “Something” isn’t found
in what we own, but in where we will be
and what we shall spiritually possess for
Prov. 13:7 - 7 There is one who makes
himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who
makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
Mark 8:36-37 - 36“For what will it profit a man if he
gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37“Or what
will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Rev. 3:17-18 - 17“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have
become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not
know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and
naked— 18“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in
the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you
may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not
be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you
Luke 12:15 - 15And He said to them, “Take heed and
beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in
the abundance of the things he possesses.”
3. All of this is a paradox.
a. The world measures “success” by what
you have and who you are.
Ex. - The world says that the one who dies with the most
“toys”.....wins...........God says you won’t take any
“toys” with you and you will be lost.
1.) God measures success by WHAT
YOU WILL BE AND WHO’S
II. Persecution, rejection, false accusations, and evil
speaking about you should bring a joy and contentment
into your heart.
A. The reason for our contentment is the company
that we are keeping.
1. Jesus Christ was persecuted, rejected, falsely
accused, spoken evil of...and much, much,
2. The prophets were treated in a most
3. The Apostles and the men and women of the
New Testament Church were despicably
abused, by men.
a. We know that we are not buying our
salvation by our mistreatment...we are
simply standing in the company of those
who have righteously walked before us.
Matt. 10:24-25 - 24“A disciple is not above his teacher,
nor a servant above his master. 25“It is enough for a
disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his
master. If they have called the master of the house
Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his
Heb. 11:33-38 - 33who through faith subdued kingdoms,
worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the
mouths of lions, 34quenched the violence of fire, escaped
the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,
became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the
aliens. 35Women received their dead raised to life again.
And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that
they might obtain a better resurrection. 36Still others had
trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and
37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,
were slain with the sword. They wandered about in
sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted,
tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They
wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of