It’s impossible to give a divided allegiance. We cannot lay up our treasures on earth AND in Heaven. We are all just passing through this world. The mortal tent of which we dwell is decaying and if the Lord tarries, it will return to dust.
It is indeed easy to get caught up in the things of this world. The storms which rage around us are there to distract or to build our faith. The results depend on us.
If we look unto Jesus, He will author and finish our faith. The faith which was given us upon Salvation. That mustard seed that grows into a tree of righteousness if we will only believe….even in the storms, BELIEVE.
If we look unto the storms and become distracted with the storms; with the wickedness and perilous times that are upon us, we will drown. All of our principles and our nature will be the fruit of the storm; of wickedness. We will become a carnal Christian who is at enmity with God.
Look unto Jesus; Who HE is and what HE has done. He has redeemed whosoever will believe upon Him and He is perfectly capable of keeping (possessing) whosoever continues to believe upon Him. As a Believer, we are bought with a price…a high price. It is the Blood of Jesus who sets us free from not only the “physical sins” that we can witness with our eyes but the inward sins that harden our heart. The fear, anger and bitterness which can so easily beset the Believer and cause us to be at enmity with God.
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Keep pressing toward the high mark of the calling of the Lord Jesus. Lay up your treasures with Him, Who He is and what He’s done which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to circumcise your heart; to remove those things which are not pleasing to God and give you the desires of your heart which are according to HIS Will and HIS Ways. Today is the day. Yesterday is gone. Deny yourself, pick up all the Jesus Christ has afforded you and GO…follow Him; be determined to know nothing else!
-Donna Clark Warren