Summary: This irritation can be a great opportunity? It is up to you! Will we trade treasures for trinkets? It may be needed to let go of what we have to receive what we need?
THE IRRITATION: TREASURES FOR TRINKETS? --- A GOOD TRADE?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Irritation: annoy, unpleasant, impatient, angry, to provoke, displeasure, bother.
Show me what ticks you off, and I will show you what makes you tick.
HAVE YOU EVER MADE A TRADE THAT YOU REGRETTED LATER?
WANT TO TALK ABOUT TREASURES FOR TRINKETS?
I am told that there was a letter written by Pieter Janszoon Schagen in 1626, that PETER MINUIT and the Dutch colonist acquired MANHATTAN ISLAND from the CANARSEE Indians of the Lenape tribe in exchange for traded goods worth 60 guilders, which would be about $24 dollars in USA money?
ETERNITY AHEAD? WHAT WOULD A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 (MSG) What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?
TEMPORAL? ETERNAL? TRADING GOLD FOR TRINKETS?
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
HOW ARE WE SEEKING? DO WE UNDERSTAND PRIVILEGE?
WHAT IS YOUR TREASURE?
Philippians 3:7 (MSG) The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. 8 Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ 9 and be embraced by him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God's righteousness.
SOMEDAY THESE BARS OF BONES WILL BRING A RELEASE?
Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
THE ROLE CALL OF HISTORY ENDS WITH 3 WORDS: AND HE DIED? AND SHE DIED?
FROM DUST TO DUST, EARTH TO EARTH AND ASHES TO ASHES WAS NOT SPOKEN OF THE SOUL!
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF LIFE? IS THE GOAL OF LIFE PROFIT? WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Someday someone will go and pick out you a nice casket and place your body? Or may a urn for your ashes?
HOW WILL WE DEFINE SUCCESS WHEN WE RETURN DUST TO DUST, EARTH TO EARTH, ASHES TO ASHES?
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
I am told someone asked a millionaire: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Their answer was quick: ONE MORE DOLLAR!
Is the bottom line of daily living making a profit?
A car sales person’s goal is to sell a car?
A lawyer’s goal is to win the case and set his client free?
A doctor’s goal is to help ellivate pain?
A preacher’s goal is people and budget??
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ONE SOUL?
EVER HAD SOMEONE IN A PYRAMID SCHEME TRY TO HOOK YOU INTO MAKING TAKING MONEY FOR THEM?
A young man stood in service one night and braggingly held up a check. It was his first check from his new business.
Wow, he was so proud of his new business. He boast to everyone he had made it. Later I found out his first check was for 20 cents. 20 CENTS? He chased everyone to make them come into his business.
SOME WORK BY SWEAT? Some steal and take from others? Others have a talent that will help them achieve. Still others work by brain power?
WE MUST FIND THE OBJECT OF OUR GOAL… TRINKET… OR AN ETERNAL TREASURE?
2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Onward Christian soldier marching to the mark of the high calling…
FORWARD IS THE CROWN OF LIFE… before Us is OUR GOAL.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS AND GREAT ANTICIPATIONS --- JOB HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING.
Life had been good but Job knew there was more.