Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Spirit has wonderfully reminded me this morning that I am to see first to the Treasure I have, not to the treasure I seek. If I get it reversed, the stunning Treasure I have becomes less than the treasure it is.

God has given Himself as my treasure, making the conflict between the Spirit and the flesh horribly apparent. The Spirit works with me to find and enjoy Treasure, service and works and life the natural byproduct. Treasure treasured frees me from this world, its’ offerings grotesquely short, and I am graced to speak of and to offer Him to people who do not know Treasure nor satisfaction.

When my heart is dragged toward the treasures of this world and life, it does not go willingly. My new heart finds no delight, no grace, and nothing from which to draw life – it is incompatible. It is only when I return to my Treasure and to delighting in Him that my heart is revived and made happy…and everything works.

2 Cor 4:6-7 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (NIV)

Matt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Ralph. Our treasure is wherever our heart is focused. May we always focus on our new nature in Christ. It is so easy to lose focus for a time. It doesn't feel right anymore when we are pursuing earthly treasure. It doesn't fulfill or satisfy for long. We can spend the rest our eternity in gratitude for what Christ has done and stop our treadmil seeking things of the earth.