MATTHEW 6:1_otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Back to rewards again. Jesus speaks a lot about rewards. He speaks of them as something to be desired, something to be honored, something to seek.
I have never found in the key to the treasure chest a time when Jesus speaks of rewards in a casual take-it-or-leave-it way.
Whether we know what the Father’s rewards are or not, we know Jesus places great value on them. Which sets an example for us.
When we study the Bible diligently with a seeking heart, we learn Jesus teaches specifically what causes not to receive the Father’s rewards. He does not speak favorably of any of these things.
Because Jesus loves us, and wants us to receive these rewards whether in this life or the next, Jesus warns. The rebellion in us does not respond well to warnings – someone telling us what to do.
When our hearts are transformed we realize there is love behind the warnings.
Just as specifically, Jesus teaches what causes us to receive the rewards.
Father God, Please change my rebellious heart to accept Your warnings. Teach me to see Your great love for me in each warning. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to receive rewards—I want to!
MATTHEW 7:14_and few there be that find it.
You enter the strait gate when you answer the knock of Jesus on your heart’s door. Some baggage automatically drops off at that time. I have known people with strong addictions who were instantly set free through the power of Jesus in their heart.
The baggage that Jesus does not relieve instantly goes with you through the gate. The narrow path, like the Needle’s Eye, can become narrower as you travel. When you reach these narrow passages, which are tight places, they force you to make some changes. You may need to turn sideways to pass through. In some places you’ll have to bend down, because to go through also requires going under a large rock formation.
The changes you make as you pass through the tight places require two things—repentance and humility. When you repent you’ve changed your position. You no longer see value in earthly pain relievers. You are filled with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. You walk free through the narrow path and exchange all your baggage for true love.
True love is not baggage. It is something you give away—to keep it to yourself would not be true love.
Holy Spirit power reproduces love daily and daily you give it away.
King of Kings, Help me to repent and worship You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ calls us to repent and be humble—He helps me!
MATTHEW 7:6_lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
This is not a lesson against pigs or dogs. It is a lesson on the priceless and unsurpassed value of your faith and trust in Jesus. The pathway of life He has been teaching in these three chapters.
To have the teachings of Jesus poured into you only to cast them aside for temporal pleasures, is a waste. Jesus compares His teachings to that which is holy. He also compares them to pearls—of the very highest quality. To throw His words out to dogs and pigs, like table scraps is deplorable.
Once you’ve learned the truth and rejected it, or worse cheapened it by trying to live spiritually and worldly at the same time, you’ve strayed from the path. There is something you can count on—life itself will in some form or another come back and rend you under foot. You can live life like this the rest of your days, or you can cry out to God to save you.
Luke 15:20 (KJV), “And he [prodigal son] arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
God’s compassion is stronger than an earthly father’s.
Father of Compassion, I praise You that You call me back if I go astray! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s pathway has unsurpassed value—He guides me!