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