12 March 2012

Worldliness: A Great Danger to Man's Soul

“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)
Worldliness is one of the greatest dangers that beset man's soul. It is no wonder that we find our Lord speaking strongly about it: it is an insidious, specious, plausible enemy; it seems so innocent to pay close attention to our business! It seems so harmless to seek our happiness in this world, so long as we keep clear of open sins! Yet here is a rock on which many make shipwreck to all eternity. They "lay up treasure on earth," and forget to "lay up treasure in heaven." May we all remember this! Where are our hearts? What do we love best? Are our chiefest affections on things in earth, or things in heaven? Life or death depends on the answer we can give to these questions. If our treasure is earthly, our hearts will be earthly also. "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be."
Let us learn from our Lord's caution about worldliness, what need we have to watch and pray against an earthly spirit. What are the vast majority of professing Christians round us doing? "They are laying up treasure on earth:" there can be no mistake about it; their tastes, their ways, their habits, tell a fearful tale. They are not "laying up treasure in heaven." Let us beware that we do not sink into hell by paying excessive attention to lawful things. Open transgression of God's law slays its thousands, but worldliness its tens of thousands.
- J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew, 56-57. 

2 comments:

  1. Amen

    I hope and pray as the Lord Jesus' return draws near and the days get so dark, that we who are Christians will let go of the temporary things and set our affections on things above. that we would care for lost souls and share the gospel and pray for the increase..

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  2. Yes Holy Spirit recently laid that scripture HEAVILY on my heart because I was getting wrapped up with following my whims and not putting Christ first.

    I think I began to completely forget that perpetual feeling of emptiness and hollowness I had before Christ...that never ending need to do this, buy this, have this experience, enter this relationship to fill that void and all for naught...it never, ever went away till I met Christ.

    God help us to remember that everything in this life will fade away the moment we are face to face with The Creator of all existence. It's a daily battle! Lord please help us and continue to teach us to rely on you for everything and to keep our eyes on you till the moment we are face to face before your everlasting glory!

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