Summary: REGARDING THE RECENT TURBULENCE IN THE U.S. AND GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS AS A DIVINE WAKE UP CALL, THIS SERMON REMINDS AND ADMONISHES READERS TO ACCEPT THE COUNSEL OF JESUS CHRIST BY INVESTING IN HEAVENLY TREASURES THAT WILL YIELD ETERNAL DIVIDENDS INSTEA
“19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:19-21)
The recent events and turbulence in the United States financial market as well as that of the world should be a wake up call to all Christians (and non Christians alike) as to where we should place our priorities as regards treasures. In this message we shall examine Biblical teachings on treasures. Particular attention will be given to what our Lord Jesus Christ said about attitude to treasures. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes of understanding and grant us the grace to make investments that will yield heavenly and eternal dividends.
1. Covenant on Treasures
2. Categories of Treasures
3. Collecting Heavenly Treasures
Covenant on Treasures
Treasures, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, are valuable or precious possessions of any kind. The Bible has a lot to say about treasures. God is the giver of treasures because He owns them. When Joseph’s brother suddenly found the money they paid for buying grains returned into their sacks, and were afraid, Joseph’s steward said unto them “--, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks ---“ (Gen 43:23). The book of James makes it clear that God is in the business of giving good and perfect gifts (James 1:17). The best treasure gift offered by God to anyone who will accept Him is salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). This treasure of salvation is a covenant the Almighty God has made to any one who will accept its terms. Salvation is the “mother” of all treasures and once received, it can give birth to other treasures depending on our desires, efforts and God’s discretion. This notion is evident in Matthew 6:33 which declares “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Hear what Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Therefore, treasures are part of the covenant God has for us as His people. This is the reason why the Almighty God Himself declares in Isaiah 45:3, “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel”. My prayer is that every hearer and reader of this message will receive divine treasures from the Almighty God in Jesus name.
As the custodian of all good things, God not only gives people treasures, He wants each person to be a treasure unto Him. He told the Israelites (and is telling us today), “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5). Beloved, God says each one of us can become very valuable to Him as a treasure. Notice the importance of obedience in attaining this status. The Bible says if we are willing and obedient we shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). Treasures are part of the good of the land and they are designed for those who will follow God’s covenant agenda regarding treasures. Listen to what Deut 28: 12 has to say about treasures and obedience “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow”