Have you ever examined your Christian life and asked yourself, “What’s the point? Why am I going through the motions of Christian service, when I could be enjoying a more comfortable life on the sidelines?” The problem lies in our perspective of God’s kingdom.
J.C. Philpot was a famous English preacher who left the Church of England to become a Baptist. He wrote about the stark contrast between the objectives of the churches.
“How blind men still are as to what constitutes the true glory of God’s kingdom. Mainly that it is a spiritual one, advanced by spiritual means, for spiritual persons unto spiritual ends. This is the kingdom of Christ—to subdue hearts, not to conquer kingdoms; to bestow the riches of His grace to poor and needy sinners, not like Solomon to heap up gold and silver and precious stones; to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, not to spread ruin and desolation over countless provinces; to be surrounded with an army of martyrs, not an army of soldiers; to hold the court where paupers, not princes, are freely welcome.”
When we realize we are citizens of Heaven, our responsibilities on Earth will align properly. Our service here is in anticipation of eternal treasures there. Nothing else really matters. Rather than coveting our neighbors’ kitchen set, we should strive to win them to Christ. Instead of struggling for a promotion and a pay increase, we should faithfully submit to our boss as unto Christ. Be faithful, for the measure of your treasure is its permanence. Nothing can come close to what God has in store for you.
The man who has God for his treasure has all things in one. — A.W. Tozer
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.