January 4, 2015 Message We are adopting a Theme for 2015: Christian Prospectors - Digging for Gold in 2015
The Bible has much to say about searching for “Treasures” and about “Gold” in particular. Gold is the standard - Gold is held up as the epitome of worth and value and something worth striving for. Even Jesus used these terms of “searching for treasure” as a metaphor that his hearers would understand and relate to.
Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
What would that kind of treasure be for you? What would cause you to go and SELL EVERYTHING ELSE to lay hold of it? That’s a good question to begin this year.
To get into the mind of Christ the TREASURE would be just what He suggested: God’s Kingdom -- to have a place in God’s kingdom is greater than any other pursuit on earth. And this is the treasure we are going to seek for -- this is the treasure we are going to hold forth as worthy of our pursuit in this coming year.
• This life is so fleeting -- why not seek to gain eternal life! John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE!"
• This life is marred by sickness, disease, and death -- why not seek a Kingdom body which is glorious, impervious to sickness, disease, and fit for eternal life in God’s glorious Kingdom! 1Corinthians 15:42-44 “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
• This life is filled with evil, suffering, injustices, war, crime, hatred, violence - why not seek a part in God’s Kingdom where the earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the Lord as the waters that cover the sea! Isaiah 11:9-10 “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.”
To summarize: In 2015 we want to give you spiritual guidance AND assistance in fulfilling 1 Timothy 6:19 personally:
1 Timothy 6:19 "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
We will help you find the true treasure, and then to attain it, to acquire it, so that you “may take hold of the life that is truly life.”