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Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
Once a wealthy Christian plantation owner invited John Wesley to his home. The two rode their horses all day, seeing just a small part of all the man owned. At the end of the day the plantation owner proudly asked, "Well, Mr. Wesley, what do you think?" After a moment of silence, Wesley replied, "I think you're going to have a hard time leaving all this." The plantation owner was attached to the world he was in. Wesley was attached to the world he was going to.
Money, Possessions and Eternity. Ownership: Giving God All
DO WE HAVE THE PILGRIM MENTALITY?
Open with me to Heb 11.13
I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
John Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim's Progress from an English prison cell to which he was condemned for unlicensed preaching of the gospel. This is how he interpreted the words of Christ and Paul:
Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffers, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort.
John Wesley said, "I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity."
Similarly David Livingstone stated, "I place no value on anything I possess except in relation to the kingdom of God."
God's kingdom was the reference point for these men. They saw all else in light of the kingdom. They were compelled to live as they did not because they treasured no things, but because they treasured the right things.
We often miss something in missionary martyr Jim Elliot's famous words, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." We focus on his willingness to go to the mission field. That willingness started when he relinquished his hold on things as MINE! (1)
Doesn't that remind you of Hebre ...
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