Living off of the Treasure

There are so many ways to read the Bible that all too often people miss what it is they are supposed to get out of it.  The Bible contains many things, but yet ultimately (in its entirety) it is the Word of the Living God.  In its pages we find the history of redemption, from the creation and fall of man to the ultimate realization of salvation in Jesus Christ as the New Jerusalem descends from the new heavens to the new earth.  Somewhere in between the time you discovered you were lost in need of a Savior and the time when you will stand before the Lord there must come a realization of who it is God has made you to be.

 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us,” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

 In a dramatic departure from commonly preached messages on God’s dealing with man, let me say that everything that God does in the earth is to bring glory to His name.  God is not the servant of man, but man is the prized creation of his Father in heaven. 

Salvation brings glory to God, healing brings glory to God, the prosperity of the Christian brings glory to God; everything that the Holy Spirit uses you to accomplish upon this planet is to bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.  You and I exist at the pleasure and for the pleasure of God Almighty (Revelation 4:11), and the more our lives glorify His holy name the more you and I will share in His abundance. 

The Word of God (the Lord Jesus Christ) was manifested in the flesh so that man could behold the glory of God (John 1:14).  Among many other things, the Lord Jesus Christ came to provide the ultimate example of Spirit-filled living.  His life and ministry set the standard for those who follow.  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:14-17). 

 We have been adopted into the family of God as a result of being born again.  We have been returned to the position that God originally created man to walk in.  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28).  The authority of the believer comes from the fact that your life has been recreated through the Lord Jesus Christ, enabling you to once again to reflect the glory and image of your heavenly Father in the earth.  Your recreated human spirit was united with God’s Holy Spirit so that you could manifest the glory of God to a lost and dying world.

            “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us,” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

 God is going to take you through what it is He has to take you through in order to get you to the place where He said you would be.  One thing I pray frequently is that God would do things so great and wonderful through my life and ministry that the world would have to recognize that God did it.  The treasure of the Holy Spirit living inside of you should be overwhelming evidence to an unbelieving world of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16). 

The life of the believer is realized in recognizing the fact that you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).  The true power of the cross is manifested in your life when you allow the Spirit of the Living God to become the driving force of your existence.  “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,” (Galatians 2:20).  Living off of the treasure is accomplished when you discover that the blood of Jesus literally paid for your life.  God gave His life for yours’.  Payment was made, a divine transaction took place in the court of God’s righteousness; the title-deed to your life was transferred into God’s ownership the moment you accepted Jesus’ blood as the payment for your sin.

The freedom of living for Jesus comes when you realized that you are not here to meet the needs of the world, but you are here to obey the commands of your Father.  You will never be able to meet the needs of the world, but it has been made divinely possible for you to fulfill the plan that God has for your life. 

I challenge you to begin living off of the treasure of the Holy Spirit.  Start seeking fulfillment in hearing and obeying the voice of God.  Making a difference in the world is an overwhelming thought, but daily obedience to the Word of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit produces an impact that millions of good deeds could never accomplish.  Free yourself from thoughts of purposelessness and insignificance; start living off of the treasure housed in your body.  “Being confident of this very thing, that he which began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6). 

May your life overflow with the goodness and graciousness of your heavenly Father as you manifest His glory to a lost and dying world.

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