July 22, 2015

Psalm 119:111 Your statutes are my heritage for ever;
they are the joy of my heart.

This brings to mind Jesus’ instructions to “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20) Physical treasure, inherited or otherwise, is temporary. However, when our focus is on God and what He provides, that is eternal. He does bless us physically, but that is an afterthought compared to the spiritual riches He has for us. The thing is, if our focus is on the physical, we are likely not even to recognize the spiritual riches. It is somewhat like art work that has monetary value only to the degree that people value it. On one level, the greatest paintings in history are no more than canvas (or wood, etc.) and pigment. Not a whole lot of value there, except that people assign value to it. From God’s standpoint, the material world is something He spoke into existence. However, He values souls that turn to Him. When John 3:16 says that God so loved the world, it’s not talking about the rocks, trees, and rivers, but about the people. Conversely, when 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” it’s talking about material things and the world system. It’s significant that the same person wrote both those verses!

I feel this verse from the Psalm applies fully to me. One of my father’s favorite verses was Psalm 16:6. “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” He was very aware of the spiritual heritage he had from his pastor father, and he rejoiced in it. I have that multiplied, adding in my mother’s side of the family along with all the spiritual riches my parents amassed. However, every bit of that is dependent on my going back to the source, to God, because unless my own relationship with Him is right, I enjoy very little of anything else. That said, by God’s grace I do recognize His riches. Physical things can be nice, but they are not to be compared with the eternal riches that God has poured out through Christ. As a pastor myself I seek to help people recognize the abundance that is available to them, but it can be slow going. “Pastor” actually means “shepherd,” and sometimes I feel like I’ve led my flock to a lush meadow and they decline to eat the clover. I am to speak the truth in love and pray for the work of the Holy Spirit, so that each believer may choose and be trained to feed themselves on the abundance of God’s word, for their eternal blessing.

Father, thank You indeed for my heritage. May I neither devalue nor squander it, but continually invest it in Your kingdom to that it may have a heavenly return indeed, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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