By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Tangible assets are anything of value that is owned. They can be seen, felt, perceived as definite, real, positive, and solid in nature. However, such assets can suffer loss; through various means, including what is termed an "Act of God" such as a tornado, hurricane, or any other natural disaster. (Comment)
For we know that if our earthly house were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5:1). One's hope should not be anchored in what one possesses on earth; or what one considers to be tangible assets, real security lies in that which is eternal.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does ruin, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does ruin, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Scripture points to two kinds of treasures: That of a earthly nature or heavenly. The concept of laying up treasures in heaven is rewards for faithful service. Scripture reveals: Seek you first, the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things (the needs of life) shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
Scripture reveals there will be stressful days prior to the Lord's return: That nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and great earthquakes shall be in various places, and famines, and pestilences (or deadly plagues and diseases); and fearful sights and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11).
Upon earth there will be distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:25-26).
Much of this is already in the world today! Record breaking disasters are taking place worldwide. Tangible assets; which seemed to be definite, real, positive, and solid are no longer of such a category with loss possible in a matter of minutes.
The heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store reserved to fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7). The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
Nevertheless we (the believers in Christ), according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:13). Again, one's earthly tangible assets; which are being sought after, rather than seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness, will be of no real value?
Devastation will come; it could come by a nuclear holocaust; a cosmic happening, or God simply speaking the word. We do not know how it will happen; but we do know, according to God's Word, it will happen! Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved (even those earthly tangible assets of man), what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conduct and godliness (2 Peter 3:11).
Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm.
Unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere. The morals of many once godly nations are rapidly disappearing as the unrighteousness of man is elevated. There are many devices helping to pollute; rather than enhance the ways of life.
In the last days (of which we are in) perilous times shall come. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (seeking after tangible assets), despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (mere religion without power or spiritual life); from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Many once godly nations are allowing the ungodliness of man to rule rather than adherence to God's Word. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 1:16), have captivated the minds of many. God's Word reveals: The world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17)!
Let one be careful; as to what tangible assets are allowed into one's life; for the only real tangible asset, that cannot perish, is of a heavenly nature, which begins with a right relationship with Christ Jesus, as one's Lord and Savior!
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