(You can also hear this message on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JityDZf__8)
By: Norm Rasmussen
The most important thing anyone can know about laying up eternal rewards in heaven is simply this: PEOPLE are what is important to God.
What makes heaven such a special place is that people get to experience the joyous intimate love from God and every-manifesting glory of God in all its growing, ever-expanding expression that words cannot possibly describe ' forever. All else will be secondary though priceless overflow.
Heaven would essentially be worthless without people appreciating it. Angels no doubt appreciate it (and will continue forever to do so), but the Holy Bible clearly tells the human race that there is a glorious heaven (actually heaven yet to be created) awaiting them once they die if they have placed their trust in Jesus Christ as the One who paid the price for them to qualify for heaven (and the new heaven yet to be created).
There may be people reading this that are unfamiliar with the Bible, and may not have heard what Jesus has to say about acquiring treasures for ourselves, so let's read it:
'Do not store up
for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where
thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and
steal.' (Matthew 6:19-20 NIV)
Let's start with the most important foundation that could possibly be laid to help the inquiring reader understand the difference between earthly rewards and heavenly rewards:
Jesus Christ didn't give His life as a ransom payment on the
cross for money, buildings, land, mobile phones nor political power. He died
on the cross to legally redeem PEOPLE so they can freely be reconciled in
good standing back to God the Father for all eternity -- their sins not
being held against them by God the Father.
God the Father didn't send Jesus Christ His precious-priceless only begotten Son to come down from the highest glorious heaven to die on the cross for things nor power. He sent Jesus to pay ransom payment for sinning PEOPLE.
Today ' no one builds a building as a 'treasure to be stored up in heaven.' The PEOPLE who visit that building ' whether it be called a church building or a temple or whatever else name ascribed to it ' is what a building is built for, right?
People build buildings. Buildings don't build people. Buildings exist for people. People don't exist for buildings. Land does not grow people. People use land for their own purposes. If you have a business, your business doesn't exist to serve you. Your business exists to somehow serve other people. In so doing, people reward you by transferring something of value from their possession into yours'.
Women don't birth money, buildings, land, nor mobile phones. They birth people. People don't work for buildings nor land nor money. They work to somehow assist people to function in this world. Money is secondary to that purpose, and is simply one's reward for one's efforts in somehow assisting people.
You don't want me to keep belaboring the point, so let's move forward to this most important understanding:
The devil wants us confused (he uses our selfish greed to confuse us) over something God never intended for humanity to be confused over: Lost souls redeemed back to God the Father because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for them by dying on the cross are the TREASURES that Jesus says we are to be prioritizing in this life if we want to be wise. Lost souls - who make the most important decision they could ever make - by making Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior before dying is what 'laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven' Matthew 6:19-20 is talking about. Let no one or not anything be successful in convincing you otherwise.
The ministry of Precious Testimonies Evangelistic Ministries exists primarily to be a resource that God the Father can use if He so chooses to help people decide to turn their lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ so their sins can be forgiven; not keeping them separated from God the Father. Anything else God may use the ministry to do is secondary overflow I have to truly believe (like spiritual encouragement; spiritual guidance - instruction). If someone gives a dollar to Precious Testimonies, they are ultimately laying up for themselves treasures in heaven. Yet MORE IMPORTANTLY, by purposeful association ' purposeful investment - they are assisting us in helping redeem lost souls BACK TO GOD for HIM to enjoy for all eternity!
Afterall, if you were God ' could you possibly imagine anything more important than the people You created to enjoy intimate, priceless loving fellowship with for all eternity?
God can't enjoy fellowship with a lifeless, loveless share of stock in a company. God can't enjoy fellowship with the Grand Canyon nor the lifeless, loveless back 40 acres. God can't enjoy fellowship with a loveless mobile phone nor would He possibly ever WANT to. He wants to enjoy fellowship with creations who love Him and appreciate His love back. That means YOU dear reader: YOU! You and everyone else alive on this planet. Because God IS love, that is all He wants BACK from any of us created beings. That is what God craves: YOUR love!
Satan does not want you showering God the Father with your love - affection - [Satan wants it ... or at the very least you keep it to yourself!] which is why he battles so HARD in trying to keep every one of us frustrated in our relationship with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ via the fellowship and help of the Holy Spirit. Do yourself a HUGE favor: Don't underestimate Satan's ability to get you and KEEP you frustrated with God, my friend!
Sidebar: Satan is THE master at getting Christians often times intensely disagreeing - squabbling over biblical doctrinal issues - polarized over various interpretations of the bible, etc. ... all the things that can divide and keep Christians divided in one form or another. (Don't think for a second I'm minimizing the importance of correct/wise Biblical interpretation of doctrinal truths however! God has clearly warned us that there will be consequences we will have to pay for incorrect Biblical doctrinal teaching of critically important doctrinal Biblical truths we pass along in this life, be ASSURED! Rewards and painful loss of rewards will somehow be factored into the equation. Thank God He has granted us extended mercy in that we can agree to disagree with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ over longer-term inconsequential doctrinal spiritual matters ... [topics such as tongues, the timing of the return of Christ, tithing, etc.,] but there are foundational, fundamental Christian doctrinal truths that are NOT to be taught incorrectly. Three come to mind immediately as an example: 1 - People teaching there are MANY ways to get right spiritually with God ... and Jesus Christ is only one of the ways - essentially MANY ways to have one's sins forgiven by God ... are going to regret if they won't allow the Holy Spirit to correct their understanding. 2 - People teaching there is no eternal hell - no eternal suffering for those who God says must pay the penalty for their sins if they refuse to believe that Jesus Christ ALREADY paid full penalty for their sins. 3 - And this may be TOPS: That the Holy Bible is not God's ABSOLUTE TRUTH - God's first and final Word on the matter.)
Other than keeping the Body of
Christ from engaging in united, corporate prayer, probably
the greatest mileage Satan gets out of keeping Christians focused on
anything and everything BUT the truth that God the Father desires our
intimate love - devoted affection - for Him in and through our relationship
with Jesus Christ ... the less harm the Body of Christ IS to Satan right up
until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Back to the main topic of this
writing: Lost souls redeemed back to God so He can shower His love on them
for all eternity is all that truly matters the most to God. Everything else
follows that. (This planet would be
totally worthless to God otherwise. It produces no love. (Sorry 'Mother'
Earth ' no offense.)
Jesus invested in people before He went to the cross to express His love and devotion to the Father and His love to all created beings. His ULTIMATE investment of love was dying for those same people so they could/can enjoy eternal life (priceless eternal LOVE) with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Anything and everything else to be enjoyed is simply overflow. Nothing could possibly be more important than getting to know God ' getting to KNOW Love. Getting to know God - know Love - has no end -- no ending to it. He's that lovingly - compelling ' sophisticatedly ' amazingly ' awesomely ' intricately ' gloriously COMPLEX folks!
What is the point God wants made here, ultimately? YOU are God's most important investment. Make God YOUR'S. Others still alive on the planet are equally God's most important investment. You can purchase shares of God's 'stock' ' by investing in the lost souls of people He lovingly yet painfully died for ' so they ' along with you ' can reap JOYOUS DIVIDENDS that will keep multiplying and growing in value through ALL ETERNITY that earthly words could not possibly describe!
As a sidebar, I would strongly encourage readers to listen to the following video to gain a broader understanding of gaining eternal treasures that will last for eternity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krIHViu3K0g
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Here is a testimony of brother Norm receiving a divine touch from God about God's AWESOME love for us you might enjoy reading and/or hearing: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Hope_Encouragement/k-o/LoveOnDustyRoad.htm