"Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24
Where our treasure is...there will our heart be also. When we know where our treasure is we know the truth of where our heart is. Is our heart set on a frilly, luxury, cutesy Christianity? A perfectly comfortable life? Do we consider our treasure our popularity, our homes, our cars, our coasting through life?
Our heart should be with God, and God alone. The fire of God's love burning away the layers of our hearts until we are left with a pure heart, walls broken down, so that we can truly see God.
Jesus saw God this way. He did not live a luxurious, comfortable life. He knew little earthly comfort, but He knew the comfort of God. He knew where His treasure was and that is what He followed. He never once promoted a Christianity that was all frills.
Readers, what are your thoughts?
"...and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts." 1 Kings 8:23
"...and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30
"...and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." Acts 7:56
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." 1 John 3:1