Summary: Our salvation is secure in Christ, but how can we secure our treasures in Heaven? Three simple points can be found in this text that should help us.
“How to Keep Your Treasure?”
Introduction: The Bible talks about the greatness of Hezekiah. But in his greatness came weakness. He was lifted up with pride in this text.
It is not possible for a saved person to become "unsaved." But it is possible for a Christian to not lay up treasure in heaven. One day our works will be tried by fire, 1 Cor. 3:12. If we do not do what we do for the glory of God and in the energy of His Spirit. The treasures of our life will be wood, hay, and stubble. When wood, hay, and stubble are thrown into the fire, we will be left alone with ashes. A very sad commentary for a once great life!
Hezekiah would lose his treasure. Read over the text. He proudly revealed to his future enemy all that he possessed. Isaiah, God’s prophet, rebuked him, declaring, one day the King of Babylon will come and take from Jerusalem all that you have put on display. You are will lose your treasure.
Our salvation is secure in Christ, but how can we secure our treasures in Heaven? Three simple points can be found in this text that should help us.
1. Remember where you were.
The reason why the messengers had come from the King of Babylon to Hezekiah was to express their sympathy to Hezekiah. They had heard that he had been sick. Remember how Hezekiah had prayed to God for healing and he was granted another fifteen years of life?
We need to remember that before we were saved by God’s grace, we were ungodly men, without strength, and worthy only of Hell fire! Read Romans chapter five.
Let us never give to anyone the impression that we were saved by our own strength or good works. All glory to the Cross!
Rereading the text, Hezekiah should have told his visitors, "All that I am, and all that I have is by the grace of God."
2. Remember whose you are.
I have been redeemed by the blood of the Cross. That makes me a debtor to God. I have been bought with a price. All that I have belongs to Him!
Again, rereading the text, Hezekiah should have told his visitors, "This is not mine, all that I have belongs to God."
3. Remember where you are going.
I can envision in this text how that King Hezekiah became puffed up with pride as he showed off the gold, and silver of his Kingdom to the visitors from Babylon. They were greatly impressed!
Again, rereading the text, Hezekiah should have told his visitors, "What I have here is nice, but it is nothing compared to glory that shall be revealed. In Heaven they pave the streets with gold!"
4. Remember where you could have been.
Although Hezekiah was a great king, he could have been even greater. On the Judgment Day, we are either going to be saying, "I am so glad I did," or "I wish that I had..."
It is time for us to start living the life that we wished we had lived!