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A man’s status.

Posted by appolus on August 9, 2017

A man’s status in this life typically is reflected by home, his car, his belongings. The richer a man is, the more elaborate is his dwelling place, his temple. He fills his house with symbols of his wealth and status. The man of God also decorates his temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit, with riches. His dwelling place will be no less elaborate than the richest men on earth. He will decorate his temple with the finest gold of unconditional love. His walls are encrusted with the jewels of forgiveness and mercy. His windows are draped with opulent coverings of meekness and humility. Trophies of grace hang on every wall. They are framed with the finest materials of patience and kindness.

Do we pursue the riches and the glories of heaven with the same vigor and single-mindedness that men here on earth pursue gold and silver? And the treasures that we have attained in Christ, do we protect them with all the strength and resources that we have? Do we value the treasures of our heart in the same way that rich men value their wealth? There is a direct correlation between how much we value something and the lengths we will go to protect it. Guard your hearts brothers and sisters in Christ, guard it with everything that is in you for we have an enemy who seeks to steal and destroy what we have. Oftentimes Satan knows the value of what we have better than we do.

The rich man suffers loss when he gives what he has to another. He knows this and is held captive by greed. Greed is the jail-keeper of worldly wealth, possessions and time. Paradoxically, the Spiritually rich man, when he gives what he has to another, becomes richer in the treasures of heaven. As he gives he magnifies God and is increased in the spiritual capital of the Kingdom.Spiritual capital is love, joy, peace, forgiveness, meekness, humility, patience and kindness and righteousness. As we share these gifts with others we increase riches in the earth.

The treasure of the world are finite. There is only so much gold and so much silver in the earth. When the last of it is mined then there shall be no more. It will be hoarded and stored away in safes and bank-vaults rarely if ever seeing the light of day. The treasures of the Kingdom of God are infinite and they multiply exponentially as they are freely given to others. Shall we be known by the opulence of of our earthly possessions brothers and sisters? Or rather, shall we be known buy the opulence of our heavenly gifts. Shall we pursue status in this world or shall we store up treasures in heaven?

1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

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