Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-23
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
--said 3 times earlier your Father will reward you openly—in heaven. Earthly treasure will prevent you from doing all He says—forgiveness, turn cheek, give to him that asks, etc.
Lay up—hoard, amass, heap up.
Treasure—what you value most. What your treasure is will consume your life.
--Jesus Christ wants you to have a better ROI than the earth can give you.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!24 No man can serve [be enslaved to] two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Single—clear, healthy, pure, simple. Whole body full of light—seeing clearly allows your whole body to avoid pitfalls and walk straight.
Evil eye—diseased, not healthy, clouded. Can’t see right so whole body gets destroyed.
Mammon—what one trusts in, anything loved or sought apart from God, treasure. One bit of earthly cloudiness let in brings in darkness which will trip you up.
Ephesians 1:3-- blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
In Christ—we are in Him, thus reside where He resides. Will be fully so when we go to Him, right now it’s who we are spiritually speaking.
Ages to come—what follows this time and this life on into our resurrection life.
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ
God is belly—supreme gratification in gratifying earthly appetites.
Who mind—relish, desire, seek.
Conversastion—state, residence, citizenship, thoughts and affections.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Seek above—crave, desire, strive for. Affections—your mind, thoughts, the inward impulse and intention that leads to seeking such things. For ye are dead—have died to things of the earth. Your new spiritual life is lived in a new sphere of existence.
Hebrews 11:13-16—Abraham, Sara, Isaac, and Jacob not seeing fulfillment of promises
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Confessed—admitted and accepted the fact.
Strangers—foreigner, not my home.
Pilgrim—temporary sojourners, guests. Genesis 47:9—Jacob’s years of my pilgrimage.
Mindful—thought fondly of. What you think on is where you’ll want to go.
Returned—as Israel desired to go back to Egypt. As Lot’s wife glanced back. They could have returned to their ancestral home instead of wandering in tents.
Desire better country—this is borne out by what they lived for. They didn’t go back, they kept going forward.