FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS AND LET HIM HANDLE THE REST

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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

The world erects monuments for many reasons; to remember loss, to honor great people, to remind the current generation not to make the same mistakes their forefathers made. But the very act of erecting a monument directs us to the irrefutable transience in our reality; for the prophet Isaiah said,

“A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely [all] the people are like grass.” Isaiah 40:6-7 [AMPC]

Indeed, all things will pass away, no matter how good it may be. Even the monument will one day pass away; and its glory, sooner still, when it becomes covered in a load of pigeon droppings.

But in the midst of all this transience, we who believe have a sure and firm rock; a foundation on which we can rely and build our lives upon. His name is Jesus; for it is written,

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 [AMPC]

And because the world of our Father will stand forever, His love, His promises, His provision and His protection lasts forever. For Jesus Himself said,

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

So, what do we put our trust in? Seems obvious does it not?

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21

But you know what, beloved? Jesus lets us in on a little secret about that treasure that we should lay up in Heaven, it is already there!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

Yes. For us who believe, our in inheritance is already there, given freely by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who by His death, took for us our rightful punishment for our sins, and by His shed blood, gave us full remission of sins for He said,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Yes, our inheritance is already secure. And not only that, from now till that day which is defined as the last time, we are also kept secure so that nothing can detract us from enjoying it for The Amplified tells us that we are they,

“Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5 [AMPC]

So our inheritance is there; and we are guarded from now till then; but what about the here and now? Relax. Jesus has it covered. He said,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus says ‘therefore’, meaning ‘as a result of’; and since Matthew 6:25-34 comes after Matthew 6:19-21, it is reasonable to conclude that the word ‘therefore’ refers to the result of us already having a treasure secure in Heaven. So because our Father has already laid up for us in Heaven treasure that is everlasting, how shall He not also provide for the transient cares of this world? Just as the apostle Paul said,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Beloved, we are transient, but to our Father, we are not grass. Think about it, Jesus would not die for grass. But, as the Jesus said, we can learn a thing or two from grass.

“And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.” Matthew 6:28 [AMPC]

Indeed, learn thoroughly, how do lilies grow? With great effort? No. It just happens. Well, that is certainly how it seems to us who have no insight does it not? But Jesus tells us how they grow.

“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

How? Yes, our Father clothes them, grows them, tends to them; even the flowers of the field; so how much more then you?

Beloved, for us who believe, our souls are not returning to the transient monument erected with human hands. We are going up with Jesus, to be with Him, in the mansions that He has prepared for us, for He Himself said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

So let our hope be built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness. Let us not trust the sweetest name, but only lean on Jesus name. Fix your eyes on Jesus and let Him take care of the rest.

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